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Our Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) Program: On the importance of flexibility

In this post, Julie LaFrance from the Think Tank Initiative, reflects on some of the lessons the programme has learned in supporting think tanks. She argues that greyer flexibility from donors (and the various contractors they use) is necessary to support think tanks in a way that suits their own interests and possibilities. Important lessons for any 'demand-driven' initiative.

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Vine in 60 seconds: An introduction of Twitter’s video app for think tanks

Today I'm giving a short presentation at IDS on Vine -- a short video sharing service for Twitter -- to our Digital Communications Peer Group. And while I hope it's useful to others working here, I thought it might also be of interest to others working in other think tanks too. I figured that the only way to present on vines was to actually create some -- so below you can find my presentation: Vine in 60 seconds.

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The year in WonkComms: 13 tools think tank communicators should use in 2014

Leonora Merry, Richard Darlington and Nick Scott have published a list of 13 communication tools that were tried and tested in the UK in 2013. They provide an interesting invitation to innovate. Blogs, Twitter, Vine and even Buzzfeed (yes, Buzzfeed) along side more traditional emails and research reports make for a very interesting list.

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Wonkcomms teams and skill sets: what does the future hold?

The last three WonkComms events considered the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘where’ of think tank communications. This event turned its attention to ‘who’ – the human resources think tanks can call on for their communications, what skills are needed to progress in the sector and how to develop them.

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Taking think tank communications to the next level: Determining what goes where (Part 2)

The previous post suggested that this can be achieved by working through three steps: a) what should get done, b) who is best placed to do it, and c) empowering those who are best placed to do it to do it.
To answer the first question, the post examined what an informed content strategy looked like. And before we dive into step b, let’s consider first why we even need a content strategy.

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Quality control: a few options for think tanks

What can think tanks do to control -or manage- the quality of their research, communications and management? I offer a few ideas in this post: some tested and some to be tested. From in-house to outsourcing as well as networks and relying on good old practice.

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Think tanks and their key audiences: what do they have to say?

In this event, co-organised by On Think Tanks and IEP in Peru, we ask think tanks' audiences how they prefer to access information and knowledge. A politician, a journalist, and a researcher provide their opinions and experiences to inform think tanks' strategies.

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Results of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition, Round 1

The votes are in. The judging is in. And we can now officially announce the winner of the first round of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition. Drumroll please! The first place winner of $500 and a chance to compete in the finals is…

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Newsletter N°11

News, events and job announcements from think tanks and donors around the world for think tanks and think tankers.

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The future of think tank communications in Peru

The future of think tank communications in Peru brought together think tank communicators, media experts and communicators in the public sector to discuss the future challenges and opportunities for Peruvian think tanks.

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