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The wonkcomms crystal ball: Five things 2015 will bring for think tank communications

Leonora Merry shares her predictions for 2015. This post was first published on WonkComms and focuses on key and exiting developments in the British think tank scene: a focus on elections, new ways of managing projects, the media becoming more like think tanks, and others.

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Communications as an Orchestra

Communicating is like playing music. Heads of communications need to behave as the conductor of an orchestra. They must prepare their musicians and their instruments to be ready to entertain their audience, keep them engaged, and 'move' them, even encourage them to sing along. This post outlines an alternative to strategic communication plans.

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Influencing efforts should affect their influencing objectives -and viceversa

This post argues that we cannot continue to accept the oversimplification of the complex relationship between ideas, politics and the efforts to transform them. Accepting expressions like "research to action" and "evidence informed/based policy" reinforces the notion that there is a natural and unlovable pecking and logic order: first research then influence. Instead, change, within and outside an organisation, happens in the midst of a co-evolution of influencing objectives and efforts.

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How to produce a public event

Public events are an excellent communication and convening tool for think tanks but few use them to their full potential. This post outlines some advice on how to produce an event for impact. It argues that events can be cheap and entertaining -for speakers and audiences alike- but they have to be produced more carefully.

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Vote Now for your favourite interactive visualisations

It is time to vote for your favourite interactive data visualisations. The On Think Tanks Data Visualisation competition is showing the candidates for the second round that focuses on interactive visualisations. The top 5 visualisations will go on to be judged by the panel. Vote is open until 10 December 2014.

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Think tanks, communication, and impact

Francesc Quintana has developed a model to monitor the impact of think tanks: A Tracking Outcome System, understood as part of the internal self-learning process by which a Think Tank defines its mission and goals, internal organisation, resources provision and allocation, communication plan and action plan. In this post he outlines the model and describes how it may be put into practice.

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Data visualisation competition – voting now open!

The On Think Tanks Data Visualisation is ready for your votes. There are 16 static visualisations to choose from and support. Great examples of around the world. Vote and share!

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Submit your data visualisation application now! Win great prizes!

The Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is now on! Only a few days are left to apply to the first round of the competition. This round focuses on static visualisation. Apply before the end of 22nd October!

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How to encourage researchers to publish more

In this post Enrique Mendizabal presents several ideas to increase think tanks' publications numbers. Using associates, introducing publication targets, and investing in new skills and systems, think tanks can avoid falling into a publications' draught. Once in one, it will be harder to turn things around.

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Audience Development: Can we have a meeting to discuss the dissemination of my research report?

lair Grant-Salmon, at IIED, writes about audience development, what it is and what it can do for a think tank. It highlights that rather than focusing on frameworks and tools to make decisions, centres need conversations between people to make the best possible decision.

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