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The Think Tank Initiative’s Global Exchange 2015: an annotated guide

[**This page is being updated**] The 2015 Think Tank Initiative Global Exchange (#TTIX2015) will take place in Istanbul from 18-20th February 2015. Follow On Think Tanks to find out what is going on at the event. This post includes useful resources on all the topics being discussed and a guide on who to follow.

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Domestic think tank funding: what can foreign donors do?

Domestic funding is the only sustainable option for think tanks in developing countries. But getting there, moving away from a dependence on foreign funding, will take time and lots of innovation. Foreign funders have a responsibility to explore different options and encourage their grantees to try them out.

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The Think Tank Initiative Global Exchange: the elephants in the room

There have been a few issues missing from the Think Tank Initiative 2015 Global Exchange: governance and management, funding and business models, and transparency. Here are some ideas for discussion.

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Aditi: a new resource on think tanks and for think tanks

Center for Study o­­­f Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) in India is launching a new resource for and on think tanks. Adit has been redesigned as an issue-based blog. The first issue is focused on funding.

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CSDS: Five decades of Understanding Electoral Politics in India

In this post, Sanjay Kumar, Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), outlines the think tank's work on elections in India. CSDS has one of the largest body of information and knowledge on elections outside Europe and North America. A key lessons is that think tanks can influence elections by studying them.

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A quick and dirty “Transparify-like” assessment of US think tanks

Think tank transparency promises to be one of the most important issues of 2015. In this post we present a DIY rating of some of the most popular US think tanks to accompany Transparify's own rating and annual report.

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Think tanks and elections: a series on experiences from around the world

This new series on think tanks and elections introduces new initiatives from around the world. It complements a series focused on Latin America and illustrates a new Page on On Think Tanks.

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Will Donor Commitments Lift the Lid on Think Tank Finances?

Think tanks' transparency is not think tanks' responsibility alone. Their funders are responsible for it , too. International development funders could go a long way by making all their funding of think tanks -certainly those aboard- public. Andrea Davis writes about IATI and the opportunity it provides.

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How on earth do you measure the impact of your events?

Caroline Cassidy writes about a novel approach to measuring the impact of public events. The post provides practical advice on how to design and use M&E tools for events. She argues that since not all events have the same objectives, not all events should be evaluated using the same indicators.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… map data using Google FusionTables

In this how to, we use data that we already collected from Import.io and import it into Google FusionTables in order to create a map of that information. We use an example of mapping hospitals in the UK based on what percentage of staff who work at each hospital actually would recommend getting treated there.

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