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Strengthening Grupo FARO’s Board of Directors

Orazio Bellettini, Director of Grupo FARO in Ecuador, writes about his think tank's Board and what they have learned trying to strengthen it. He argues that it is not enough for them to include well known and knowledgeable individuals but that they must also have the right skills to govern a think tank. As a consequence, he calls for the development of a generation of new think tank leaders who may take-on senior management and governing roles in the future.

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How to improve your capacity to write proposals: Grupo FARO’s Committee for Project Approval

Like many think tanks, Grupo FARO from Ecuador, finds it hard to decide what proposals to develop and how to make sure those they develop are 'winning proposals'. Finding the right balance between individual researchers' interests and the organisation's mission as well as between short and long term agendas is a challenge think tanks face. In this post, Adriana Arellano shares a tool adopted by FARO: a committee for project approval.

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Grupo FARO’s tough question: “are we producing research that informs and changes policies?”

In this post, Orazio Bellettini and Adriana Arellano, from Grupo FARO, outline the think tank's new approach to research and policy influence. This post has been partly inspired by Lawrence MacDonald's and Todd Moss' essay on CGD's approach to policy influence. What do you think? Do they have the right approach?

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Orazio Bellettini on the future of think tanks in Latin America

Orazio Bellettini writes about the lessons learned during a Meeting of Latin American think tanks in Rio de Janeiro. He argues that think tanks have played a key role in the region's development and now must look to the future in order to become catalysts for economic, political, and social development.

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Newsletter N°7

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

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Authorship in research: practical tips for think tanks

Authorship is important for researchers, particularly when it comes to ethical authorship - giving credit to everyone who deserves it and excluding those who don't.

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New Director of Research post at Grupo FARO: an opportunity to learn

As Grupo FARO seeks for its new Director of Research , Andrea Ordóñez, the outgoing Director, reflects on the position and its role in the organisation. She offers some sound advice to potential candidates and other Directors of Research.

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Should think tanks be looking into the global development agenda?

Andrea Ordóñez, from Grupo FARO write about why and how southern think tanks can get involved in the discussion of the global development agendas by reflecting on the last IMF/WBG meeting. She argues that more southern think tanks need to lead.

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Communication as Organisation: Implications for Policy Research

In this post we hope to briefly introduce new ways of thinking about communication and working with it to understand human behavior, social change and policy reform.

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Communicating complex ideas: a book in progress

[Editor's note: You can find the final book for this project here: Communicating complex ideas: the book.]

A few months ago I posted a call for proposals for a new edited book on communicating complex ideas. This is an update of the project that is not underway. Over the next few of days I’ll publish the posts that the authors have written as an introduction to their chapters:

As a reminder, the idea of the book is to explore the challenges and opportunities that researchers and communicators face when attempting to communicate complex ideas to their audiences or publics. These chapters are not exercises in self-promotion nor should be taken as an opportunity to discuss, at length, the idea itself (unless the idea itself is a key explanatory factor in its own stickiness).

They are not research to policy fantasies.

The objective of the chapters is to discuss and reflect on why ideas are often difficult to communicate, explore the opportunities that bringing research and communications offer, and the challenges that this collaboration presents.

The research teams are, most of them, made up of researchers and communicators. And in all cases the papers are intended to be based on a dialogue between researchers and communicators. In this dialogue, we hope, learning will take place.

As the editor of this volume I have taken on the role of challenging and slowing down the authors. As they submit their drafts I am reading through them and encouraging them to stop and pay attention to important and interesting ‘tipping point’ or ‘what if’ moments. I hope you’ll join me in that role and comment on the blogs and even suggest questions for the authors to consider in their research.

  • What factors should they be looking for?
  • What do you think explains the difficulty in communicating complex ideas?
  • What has your experience been?
  • Have you been on the ‘receiving’ end of a complex idea? What made you ‘get it’ -or not?

It is worth saying, too, that I am still looking for at least one more team of authors -ideally from Asia but am happy to consider all proposals. Please have a look at the Terms of Reference.

Read the book here: Communicating complex ideas: the book

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