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Posts from the ‘Research’ Category

Australian Think Tanks Least Transparent in the World, New Data Shows

Researchers from Transparify have just rated Australian think tanks as the least transparent in the world. This post discusses these findings and calls for Australian think tanks to be more transparent and disclose who funds them (and for what).

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#TTmethods – Session 2: Researching think-tanks with social network analysis

This session will look at how social network analysis (SNA) can be applied to the political world and to public policy research.

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#TTmethods – Session 1: Case studies, qualitative methods and diachronic perspectives

This session explores an approach to study think-tanks that relies on an array of qualitative methods – including interviews, ethnography, document analysis – to understand these organisations from a closer perspective.

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Lessons from the Peruvian think tank awards

This post offers some insights into the think tank community in Peru as seen by the judging panel of PODER'sThink Tank of the Year Awards. Winners of the Premio PODER will be announced at the end of October.

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Register for the 1st International Online Conference: Studying think tanks (September – October 2015)

This international online conference, possibly the first of its kind, aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in the study of think tanks across the world. The sessions provide an opportunity to discuss research methods to further understand these organisations and their impact on politics and society more broadly. Sign-up to join the webinars as a participant.

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Five lessons about the use of evidence in public policy in Peru

The Peruvian Alliance for Useful Evidence exists to promote the use of evidence in policy-making in Peru. Over the last few months, it has organised several meetings and events with members of organisations from the public and private sector, civil society organisations and the international community, in order to discuss this issue. This post presents 5 lessons learned in the process.

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Researching a murky subject: definitions, questions, and methods

On Think Tanks has launched an online conference on studying think tanks. This post reports on the pre-launch event in London in August 2015. It serves as a discussion article to inform the series of webinars and deals with the definition of think tanks, the questions that need to be asked about them, and the methods that could be used.

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Strategies to increase women in higher education leadership in public universities in Uganda

The effort to address women's continuous under-representation in leadership positions in universities and research is a matter of principles, but also a way to address large losses for higher education institutions, as women's abilities are being under-used. This blog post summarises the findings of a study presenting strategies to increase women's participation in positions of leadership in public universities in Uganda.

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Creating an enabling environment for philanthropy through tax incentives

For all the talk about how the context affects think tanks we know little about philanthropy in developing countries and its role in supporting think tanks. A recent study of tax incentives for philanthropists in Kenya offers an opportunity to reflect on the matter.

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The On Think Tanks Interview: Cheikh Oumar Ba, Executive Director of the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR)

Dr. Cheikh Oumar Ba discusses the current trends, main challenges and prospects of Senegalese policy research. He talks about the role of new thinktankers and funding (and the role of funders) in shaping the future of think tanks.

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