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Posts from the ‘Opinion’ Category

Think Tanks Stress Test: a Forecasting Tool

Forecasting is a central element in any strategic planning process. But it is also important for monitoring the financial health of a think tank. This tools offers to opportunity to monitor income, costs, and assess whether the organisation will be able to meet its responsibilities in the future.

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The On Think Tanks Interview: Tom Medvetz

Tom Medvetz presents a fresh and critical view of the role that think tanks play in a democracy, and how the level of the discussion they generate can, on a deeper level, reinforce the existing structures thus supporting the status quo. To regain credibility, think tanks should have to learn how to separate the policy world from the process of intellectual production.

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How to break through the glass ceiling: supporting a new generation of think tanks and thinktankers

In this post, part of a series based on interviews and visits in Kenya, I share two possible ways for international funders to support the emergence of new thinktankers and think tanks in developing countries.

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The future of think tanks in Africa: Trends to look out for

This is the first of a series of posts on think tanks in Africa -and Kenya in particular. It looks at some trends that may help to understand the future that think tanks face: is the space for debate opening or shrinking? is authority being challenged? are there new players to look out for?

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Gamification: An opportunity for think tank networks

Networks can be a lot of hard work but may also offer great opportunities for learning that can outweigh the costs. By incorporating a bit of gamification think tank networks can work together to test small changes to their tactics and strategies and learn together.

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Women in think tanks series: lessons so far

The series on Women in Think Tanks has proven to be extremely successful. This post reflects on some of the lessons learned so far and outlines future actions that On Think Tanks will promote to pursue this agenda in the future.

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The EU think tanks’s tweetosphere

On this second post of the series on Think Tanks and Twitter, Luca Barani uses Twitter Analytics to investigate which are the most powerful EU think tanks on Twitter. He analyses their activity, number of followers, offers insight on their effectiveness and trust, as well as their level of influence.

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Visualising data: both a science and an art

Data visualisation is both an art and a science. What's more, it requires many different skills to get right, and prioritising just one or two of these skills over the others is disingenuous at best. What we need to be talking about is building a comprehensive set of skills – whether they lie in one person or across teams – including research, technology, design and communication.

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The on think tanks interview: Bill Dugan of WRI

We caught up with the winner of the second round of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation competition about their inspiration and experience creating the winning piece.

Visualising the Past, Present and Future of Carbon Emissions, an interactive visualisation by Bill Dugan at the World Resources Institute, USA, is an innovative concept that had big impact. We spoke to Bill about his team’s inspiration for the graphic and his advice for anyone else looking to use interactive visuals to tell a story.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… summarise data with Pivot Tables in Excel

In this how to, we will look at how to summarise that data to answer specific questions using the PivotTable utility in Excel.

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