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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… create interactive dashboards with Tableau Public

In this post, Jeff Knezovich explains how to create interactive dashboards with Tableau Public. It is part of a series of posts on How to develop Data Visualisations for think tanks

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Women in Think Tanks: Thinking about gender and equal opportunity in think tanks

This is the first post of the new On Think Tanks series on Women in Think Tanks edited by Meghan Froehner. In this introductory post, Meghan outlines the series and talks about how her own experience has been reflected by this issue. She sums up with an introduction of the contributors and the themes they will discuss. This series will be updated weekly, so expect more posts coming soon.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to…animate a map to see changes over time using CartoDB

We've already seen one of the ways that we can develop maps using Google FusionTables. But that method gives us points on a map that don't change over time. This How To on Data Visualisation shows how to animate a map using CartoDB.

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It works both ways: American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics

Till Bruckner reviews and presents highlights of a bestselling book in Germany written by journalist Udo Ulfkotte, which discusses the consequences of think tanks being funded by foreign governments.

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What is the upshot from our meditation on context as it relates to think tanks?

This last post on the effect of context on think tanks presents a way forward from the research. Elizabeth Brown offers a framework and a series of questions that think tanks can use to manage key decisions strategically.

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FUSADES and 2012 elections in El Salvador: electoral reforms and promotion of the exercise of suffrage

This post is part of a series on think tanks and elections around the world. FUSADES had a decade of studies and proposals to strengthen the system of representation and the building of a qualified institutional democracy in El Salvador. In 2012, FUSADES designed and implemented a project of civic education and research of the impact of a new electoral reform in order to collaborate in the voting exercise, the understand the new approach and analyse the election results.

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Context matters: so what?

This fourth post in the series she tries to narrow down the by now universal truism that "context matters". Courtney Tolmie challenges the statement that context matters by asking: so what? What about it is it that matters?

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On Think Tanks is updating its Topic Pages

Topic pages are a useful tool for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of a particular subject this blog has worked on. This week we'll be working on improving and expanding them, as well as keeping thoroughly updated. Expect news from this at the end of next week. Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.

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Think Tanks and Universities: not just a communications’ partnership

Think tanks and universities can work together to maximise the impact of the latter's research. They may also undertake research together and can provide interesting career paths for their own staff. But think tanks and universities can also come together in a win-win funding for research partnership. This post takes inspiration from IDS' model in the UK to suggest a model of collaboration relevant for some developing countries.

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What is a think tank’s endogenous capacity and why does it matter?

In this third post in the series of think tanks and their context, April Knox asks how think tanks can leverage their won endogenous capacities for impact. She outlines a number of strategies that think tanks can follow, including: collaboration, building their credibility, ensuring research quality, communicating strategically, and others.

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