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Posts tagged ‘Impact’

The On Think Tanks interview: Pamela Kabaso, Director of the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research – ZIPAR

Pamela Kabasa, Executive Director of ZIPAR, discusses the challenges of establishing and developing a think tank that is relevant and can have a meaningful impact in a conservative society such as Zambia.

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What does impact mean for think tanks?

Think tanks in the UK, like academics and think tanks across the world, also need to think about impact. What is it and how can it be measured? Learn about what three leading think tanks do to address these questions

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The best idea nobody’s ever heard of

As think tanks, international organisations, and research centres take pride on the amount of information they produce, how many of them take the time to acknowledge how much of that information is being read and used, instead of just being stored as PDFs and rarely be downloaded? In this post, Rowland Manthorpe presents Think Tank Review, a newsletter that centralises all the reports on a different topics, compiled by experts to determine their quality and relevance.

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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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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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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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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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How Think Tanks Work: Analyzing Budgets

What do budgets tell us about the 20 most prominent US think tanks? Hans Gutbrod shows how numbers can increase our understanding of think tank behaviour.

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Who is responsible for a think tank’s influence?

Attempts to measure influence miss out on two fundamental questions related to current efforts and ideas focused on monitoring and evaluating think tanks: who is responsible for a think tank's influence? and what are they actually responsible for? Attempting to answer them led to two further issues: a question: when should think tanks claim influence? and, a conclusion: any claims of influence are political acts; they are claims of power over others.

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Journalism as research

Can journalism count as research? Charlie Beckett says yes on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog - so long as it is the right kind of journalism.

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