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A learning platform on think tanks and electoral processes

On Think Tanks put together a learning platform on think tanks and electoral processes. More than 20 experiences from think tanks around the world have been compiled so far. The experiences intend to provide a space of reference/inspiration for those think tanks seeking to develop initiatives with a focus on elections. 2015 was an intense electoral year with presidential, legislative, regional and local elections in many countries. If your think tank (or other organisations you know) works with similar initiatives at the time of elections, share your experience so others can benefit from your lessons.

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Using digital communications to connect at a human level for maximum impact

In this post, Florencia Durón, from Mexican think tank CIEP, offers sounds advice on how to introduce a human touch to a think tank's digital communications strategy. Her advice is based on CIEP's experience -and the have numbers to back it up.

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Language and Audience: Common challenges demand common solutions

Policy research relevant for or published by South Caucasus think tanks if mostly published in English. This presents a communications challenge where English is not the first language. For the sixth post of the series Thinking about Think Tanks in the South Caucasus, series editor Dustin Gilbreath discusses a common problem identified across the series: the challenges of language and audience in the region.

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#TTmethods – Session 3: Quantitative Survey Analysis

This session explores an approach to study think-tanks that relies on quantitative methods –namely survey analysis– to understand these organisations in a manner that may allow for generalisations.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Roberto Fendt, Executive Director of CEBRI in Brazil

Roberto Fendt, Executive Director of the Brazilian think tank CEBRI, talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about his professional career, his motivations to join a think tank, the initial managerial challenges he faced, and the differences with working in the public sector.

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Do Think Tanks in Georgia Lobby for Foreign Powers?

Do think tanks promote independent policy research and critical thinking, or simply serve to push pre-defined policy agendas defined by their funders? While in in September 2014, the New York Times alleged that foreign donors were attempting to “buy influence” through the funding of think tanks in D.C., this post argues that US funders might be doing just that, and quite openly, in countries like Georgia. This is the fifth post from the Thinking about think tanks in the South Caucasus series.

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UK Think Tanks Reveal Who Funds Them as Sector Embraces Transparency

Think tanks in the UK are warming up to the idea of disclosing who funds them and for what, perhaps mirroring an ongoing trend from the United States and elsewhere. Till Bruckner discusses who is leading this trend and who has still to follow.

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The development of Azerbaijani think tanks and their role in public policy discourse

By formerly being under the influence of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan faced particular barriers and opportunities while its Western-like think tanks were developing. In this post, part of the Thinking about think tanks in the South Caucasus, Zaur Shiriyev discusses this challenges and explains how do they shape the think tank landscape in the country today

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Australian Think Tanks Least Transparent in the World, New Data Shows

Researchers from Transparify have just rated Australian think tanks as the least transparent in the world. This post discusses these findings and calls for Australian think tanks to be more transparent and disclose who funds them (and for what).

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#TTmethods – Session 2: Researching think-tanks with social network analysis

This session will look at how social network analysis (SNA) can be applied to the political world and to public policy research.

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