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Managing budgets in a Think Tank

Eva Cardoso, an experienced think tank administrator writes about managing budgets for think tanks. She uses the project cycle to describe the various stages of budget design, monitoring and closure. She also outlines the different roles and skills that are necessary for an adequate budget management. Finally, she presents useful templates for think tanks to use.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… import live data with GoogleDrive Spreadsheets

In this how to, we will look at how to use Google Drive Spreadsheets to import live data from the web. I should note that this function is available in newer versions of Excel as well, though it operates slightly differently.

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The School of Thinktankers: inspiring the leaders of the future

On Think Tanks has partnered with Canning House to deliver an existing new course for future Latin American think tank leaders. The School of Thinktankers is designed to address a challenge that all think tanks in the world face: good think tank leaders are scarce. More details about The School will be shared soon but this is your chance to sign-up and express your interest in being part of it.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to capture and structure data from websites using Import.io

As part of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition (TTDATAVIS), we have been producing a series of how to posts and videos spanning data capture, data cleaning and data visualisation. We'll be cross-posting the videos on our main blog, but the full posts with instructions are available on the TTDATAVIS website.

In this how to, we explore one aspect of Import.io, which is a massively powerful free piece of software that can help to scrape information from websites.

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Policy Window approach to influence

Think tanks often struggle to keep up with an ever changing agenda. Their efforts to influence unexpected and often chaotic policy processes present significant challenges to their typically project-based business models. By adopting a policy window approach to their research and communications work, however, they may be able to gain some control over their environment.

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Communications as an Orchestra

Communicating is like playing music. Heads of communications need to behave as the conductor of an orchestra. They must prepare their musicians and their instruments to be ready to entertain their audience, keep them engaged, and 'move' them, even encourage them to sing along. This post outlines an alternative to strategic communication plans.

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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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Celebrating and learning about think tanks

The Premio PODER to think tank in Peru has provided an opportunity to celebrate the good work of think tanks but also to learn quite a lot about them. It has offered insights into the definition of think tank in the country, their business models, their contributions to society, and their influencing approaches. This blog outlines some of these lessons and argues that this is a model that could be replicated in other countries.

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Think Tank Quickies

A weekend reading list courtesy of Think Tank Watch: a news source about think tanks around the world.

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Submit your data visualisation application now! Win great prizes!

The Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is now on! Only a few days are left to apply to the first round of the competition. This round focuses on static visualisation. Apply before the end of 22nd October!

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