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.
Posts from the ‘Opinion’ Category
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
In this how to, we will look at how to summarise that data to answer specific questions using the PivotTable utility in Excel.