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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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The best idea nobody’s ever heard of

As think tanks, international organisations, and research centres take pride on the amount of information they produce, how many of them take the time to acknowledge how much of that information is being read and used, instead of just being stored as PDFs and rarely be downloaded? In this post, Rowland Manthorpe presents Think Tank Review, a newsletter that centralises all the reports on a different topics, compiled by experts to determine their quality and relevance.

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Transparency and Funding of Think Tanks in France

¿How transparent are French think tanks in regards to their funding? In this post, Transparify presents a compilation of publications on think tank funding, think tank transparency, and a review of relevant websites in French language, done by by Mr. Alexis Courbon Michel. His findings would suggest that French think tanks may be falling behind in this topic compared to their peers in the European Union.

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A national ranking of influence: Chinese and American models

Two think tank rankings have been published recently: one for Chinese think tanks and one for US think tanks. Both have been developed by think tanks themselves and both have attempted to be as context specific and objective as possible. While they use different methods they offer an excellent opportunity for comparative research on think tanks.

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Social scientists have a real opportunity to influence what politicians say in the run-up to the General Election

Academic researchers should have their say in holding policy promises to account. In this post first published on the LSE's Impact of Social Sciences blog, Jonathan Breckon charts the various activities around the country aimed at providing a rigorous evidence-base in the run-up to the UK’s General Election. A whole range of economists, statisticians, social scientists and others are fact-checking what politicians and pundits say so that they don’t get away with iffy promises or sound-bites. But the challenge in the boom of fact-checkers is getting the quality right.

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Gramsci and the literature on think tanks

In this post, Marcos Gonzalez explores how Gramsci's ideas have influenced the literature on think tanks and how we understand and work with them. He offers an explanation to why we tend to focus on the confrontational aspects of think tanks' roles.

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Towards a global agenda on think tank transparency

Calling think tanks to join a new initiative to promote think tank transparency around the world: After hard deliberation a group of think tank leaders and thinkers have developed a call to action for think tank transparency. If you want to learn more about it and join the effort, read along and add you name!

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Stocktaking on Research Quality at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

In this post Andrea Ordoñez writes about research quality. She identified three levels of responsibility: the individual, the organisation, and society. She argues that to deliver high quality research all three need to be addressed.

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The On Think Tanks Interview: Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director, CIES (Peru)

In this interview, Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director of CIES in Peru tells us about his own experience, the challenges he has faced on the job, and his achievements. He views that Peruvian think tanks' face an important funding challenge: foreign funding is rapidly shrinking. The interview is also in Spanish.

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