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Posts tagged ‘Impact’

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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Research uptake: what is it and can it be measured?

Is research uptake measurable? Can it be planned? Or is it just luck? This blog post reviews a number of issues that ought to be considered when trying to measure it. The post argues that instead of measuring it, we should attempt to understand it.

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Altmetrics: the pros and the cons

Almetrics are a new form of measuring research impact by adding on a wider set of metrics to traditional bibliographic rankings based on academic journal citation analysis. While they are a very useful initiative in measuring impact beyond traditional scholarly output, they still have to show progress in certain areas.

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A monitoring and evaluation activity for all think tanks: ask what explains your reach

Nick Scott's analysis of ODI's web stats offers interesting insights into what seems to matter when it comes to think tanks' contribution to policy and debate. It also suggests that we should look for an alternative to metrics, says Kent Anderson for the Scholarly Kitchen.

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Tracking real-time impact through Twitter

Twitter has proven to be a useful tool in measuring impact, particularly when it is used in real - time. The LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog provides a case of successful research impact measurement with this social media platform.

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European think tanks and the European Union

What is the relationship between European think tanks and the European Union, and how can European think tanks be defined and classified? A report by the Bureau of European Policy Advisers offers an overview of these issues.

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The onthinktanks interview: Julia Day and Adrian Ely, Impact, Communication and Engagement Managers at the STEPS Centre

Julia Day and Adrian Ely pull back the curtain on their New Manifesto Project and how it was used to communicate highly technical research approaches on the social dimensions of science and technology.

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