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Think Tanks Stress Test

Think tanks can be fragile organisations. They may look strong and solid but could, overnight, lose funding and staff and see their fortunes change. Unlike other organisations they cannot map out a steady stream of contracts or sales. Funding will largely depend on facts such as: the political cycle, the interests of funders in far away lands (and driven by their own politics), the capacity of key researchers to attract funds, the laws that they have little influence over. This post outlines a number of questions that think tanks could ask themselves (our could be asked about them) to assess the soundness of their business model.

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Think Tank Quickies Special

A weekend reading list courtesy of Think Tank Watch: a news source about think tanks around the world. This tie it focuses on the NYT's article on foreign influence on US think tanks.

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Think tanks should not be afraid to borrow money

Should think tanks borrow money from a bank? They could be missing out on a great opportunity to take the initiative and invest in their future for lack of knowledge and adversity to risk.

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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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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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Audience Development: Can we have a meeting to discuss the dissemination of my research report?

lair Grant-Salmon, at IIED, writes about audience development, what it is and what it can do for a think tank. It highlights that rather than focusing on frameworks and tools to make decisions, centres need conversations between people to make the best possible decision.

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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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A new political economy of research uptake: overview from studies in Latin America, Africa and Asia

This posts summarises a number of studies produced by ODI, IDEA International and others between 2009 and 2012 on the political economy of research uptake. It presents cases from South America, Africa and Asia, edited books and other resources.

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What think tanks do? A view from India

Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, writes about the functions and main activities of think tanks. This is the second of a series of three posts written for the Aiditi project at CSTEP, which aims to capture information, anecdotes and data from various Think Tanks.

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A Think Tank History: A view from India

In this post (the first of three) Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai, writes about the history of think tanks and in India in particular. She sets the scene for a more in-depth analysis of think tank's functions in a future post. It is part of a series of articles commissioned by the Aiditi project at CSTEP which aims to capture information/ anecdotes/data from various Think Tanks.

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