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“Solution Aversion”: Denying a problem when you do not like the solution

New research from Duke University shows that people are more likely to deny a problem if they disagree with the solution. They will even go back and rethink their own views. It is not that they are anti-science or anti-evidence, rather, they are, as one should expect, political. This has important implications for think tanks and for the evidence based policy sector.

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The one billion dollar business: American think tanks

Transapreify has shared some interesting data on 21 US think tanks. We put together a few data visualisations to see if we could make a bit more sense of the data. The picture is a complex and exiting one. It turns out that being big does not necessarily mean you are more visible and this says little about the perception others have of you. When it comes to think tank, painting by numbers if not enough; we need a freestyle painting.

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A quick and dirty Transparify-like analysis of Latin American think tanks

This post presents another Quick and Dirty Transparify rating of a group of Latin American think tanks. It is intended as a kick starter for a greater conversation on Transparency and, hopefully, a DIY trend.

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Think tanks, communication, and impact

Francesc Quintana has developed a model to monitor the impact of think tanks: A Tracking Outcome System, understood as part of the internal self-learning process by which a Think Tank defines its mission and goals, internal organisation, resources provision and allocation, communication plan and action plan. In this post he outlines the model and describes how it may be put into practice.

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More on think tanks in BRICS: South Africa

In this post, Clara Richards continues her exploration of think tanks from BRICS countries. It is the turn to South Africa. The post reviews a sample of think tanks in South Africa, outlining their main characteristics.

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Think tanks and electoral processes: an opportunity that should not be missed

About 4 years ago, Fernando Straface from CIPPEC called for Latin American think tanks to share what he called a new technology of influence in electoral years. After close to a decade of projects in more than 5 countries in the region, it is now possible to share this innovation with others. This series has presented some of the lessons learned by think tanks in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay. In this post, Enrique Mendizabal argues for its replicability in other regions and provides some advice on how to go about it.

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Lessons on the role of Latin American think tanks in electoral processes – the way forward

In this post, Leandro Echt outlines a number of key lessons from cases of Latin American think tanks working to inform and improve the electoral processes in their countries. He also provides a set of recommendations for action to help share the lessons learned in Latin America with other regions.

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Paraguay debate: The challenge of nourishing the political debate in times of elections

In this post, Marcelo Mancuello, from CADEP in Paraguay, describes a initiative to influence the Paraguayan elections that was developed with the support of CIES, in Peru. Marcelo emphasises the importance of working in a network to achieve the initiative's objectives.

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Fernando Straface: “The challenge is refining the think tanks’ technology for influence in electoral campaigns”

In this interview, Fernando Straface, Executive Director of CIPPEC, describes the organisation's experiences of 2011 and 2014. He also outlines the main characteristics of what he calls a new Latin American technology of influence and calls for a collaborative effort to develop it further and share it with think tanks in other parts of the world.

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Experience of Fedesarrollo in presidential campaigns in Colombia

In this post, Leonardo Villar, Executive Director of the Foundation for High Education and Development (Fedesarrollo), reflects on the think tank's recent efforts to influence the Colombian electoral process and debate. The post argues that think tanks need to think very carefully about the political nuances of the campaign in order to design an effective strategy.

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