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Posts from the ‘Think Tanks’ Category

The art of creating time: invest, don’t spend

Are some organisations too successful for their own good? How can think tanks take a brake from donor led project funding to develop their own agendas and take the initiative on the projects that they pursue? In this post, Enrique Mendizabal offers some advice based on his own experience. He argues that think tanks must change the way they think about the way the spend their profits: think investment, not expenses.

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More on think tanks in India, what are they like?

Clara Richards writes about think tanks in India based on a study of economic think tanks in BRICS countries. She finds an interesting and changing environment that presents both challenges and opportunities for think tanks. in light of the new President's call for more and better think tanks, how ready are they?

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Selecting different ways to reach audiences: a strategically ongoing effort

In this third post in the series on audience segmentation and development Vanesa Weyrauch offers some practical advice on which communication tools may work best for some of the main think tank audiences.

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The challenge of communicating with different actors: is segmentation a good investment for think tanks?

Vanesa Weyrauch writes about segmenting audiences: if think tanks audiences are different should think tanks not have different communication approaches for each one of them? She reports on a study conducted with ASIES, in Guatemala, and provides some conceptual and practical advice.

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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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More research and less activism for think tanks in India

In this post, Samar Verma and Anshu Bharadwaj. They outline several of the challenges that think tanks in India face but also make a new and important argument. Efforts like the Think Tank initiative, the Think Tank Fund and the Knowledge Sector Initiative are not just relevant for other international think tanks funders. They offer countries like India possible models to support their own think tank communities.

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Think tank rankings and awards: rigged, futile, or useful

Are all think tank awards useless? In this article I argue that awards can be developed to celebrate good work, increase the visibility of think tanks in their societies, and contribute to the development of the think tank community as a whole. After reviewing three rankings: the UPenn go to think tank ranking, the RePEc economics think tanks ranking, and the ICCG environment and energy think tank map and ranking, and compares them with the Prospect Award. I argue that the Prospect Magazine Award offer a model to follow and adapt in different countries and an alternative to global or regional de-contextualised rankings.

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Supporting think tanks: 5 ideas for action

We all know that bespoke and think tank led interventions are better than off-the-shelf, regional/global and third-party managed ones. But how can we take a capacity building mechanism like mentoring and scale it up? Is it possible? Should we even try? This post addresses some of these questions and presents 5 possible interventions (not that there are only 5).

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National Think Tank Awards: Premio PODER 2014 in Peru celebrates innovation

Revista PODER and On Think Tanks have launched the Peruvian Think Tank of the Year Award 2014. Peruvian think tanks can apply until 31st August on a number of thematic categories: economic policy, social policy, environment and natural resources, science and innovation, as well as general categories for the best sub-national and national think tanks, and the one to watch.

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Rethinking how research is communicated: two cases from Cameroon

[Editor's note: This post was written by Sandrine Ebakisse, a knowledge manager by profession. She carried out this analysis with a research grant from the Communications Division of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). In it she reflects on the strategies of two policy research organisations working in Cameroon's forestry sector.

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