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Think tanks and elections: a series on experiences from around the world

This new series on think tanks and elections introduces new initiatives from around the world. It complements a series focused on Latin America and illustrates a new Page on On Think Tanks.

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Will Donor Commitments Lift the Lid on Think Tank Finances?

Think tanks' transparency is not think tanks' responsibility alone. Their funders are responsible for it , too. International development funders could go a long way by making all their funding of think tanks -certainly those aboard- public. Andrea Davis writes about IATI and the opportunity it provides.

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Round 3 of ttdatavis now open for submissions!

We're pleased to announce that Round 3 of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is now open for submissions. Submit your data visualisation and communication strategy now!

This third and final round of the 2014-15 competition is focused on finding data visualisations that have been most successfully used as part of a wider communication strategy.

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How on earth do you measure the impact of your events?

Caroline Cassidy writes about a novel approach to measuring the impact of public events. The post provides practical advice on how to design and use M&E tools for events. She argues that since not all events have the same objectives, not all events should be evaluated using the same indicators.

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Call for candidates: Research and Communications Officer for On Think Tanks and Universidad del Pacífico –based in Lima

On Think Tanks is hiring a Research and Communications Officer. Please apply soon to join us in a truly interesting and exciting job.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Fernando Masi, Director and one of the founders of CADEP (Paraguay)

Fernando Masi, founder and director of CADEP, a Paraguayan think tank, talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about the origins of the centre and the challenges it faces today. Like many other founding directors, he has to steward CADEP into the hands of a new generation of think tank leaders.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… map data using Google FusionTables

In this how to, we use data that we already collected from Import.io and import it into Google FusionTables in order to create a map of that information. We use an example of mapping hospitals in the UK based on what percentage of staff who work at each hospital actually would recommend getting treated there.

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New organisational development grants from the Think Tank Fund

The Open Society Think Tank Fund has launched a call for proposals for organisational development grants from independent, multi-issue think tanks working in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… merge and tidy datasets with Microsoft Excel

In this how to we use Microsoft Excel to merge two different datasets. We mainly focus on the VLOOKUP function, but also remove duplicates.

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Managing budgets in a Think Tank

Eva Cardoso, an experienced think tank administrator writes about managing budgets for think tanks. She uses the project cycle to describe the various stages of budget design, monitoring and closure. She also outlines the different roles and skills that are necessary for an adequate budget management. Finally, she presents useful templates for think tanks to use.

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