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Addressing think tank transparency: one of the elephants in the room

Think tank transparency is an issue that is here to stay. A group of funders and think tanks got together at the Think Tank Initiative's Global Exchange in Istanbul to discuss its pros and cons and consider how to address the growing demand for transparency. This post outlines the reasons for and against it, what think tank transparency may involve, and what could think tanks and their funders do about.

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Aditi: a new resource on think tanks and for think tanks

Center for Study o­­­f Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) in India is launching a new resource for and on think tanks. Adit has been redesigned as an issue-based blog. The first issue is focused on funding.

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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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More on think tanks in BRICS: South Africa

In this post, Clara Richards continues her exploration of think tanks from BRICS countries. It is the turn to South Africa. The post reviews a sample of think tanks in South Africa, outlining their main characteristics.

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A new political economy of research uptake: overview from studies in Latin America, Africa and Asia

This posts summarises a number of studies produced by ODI, IDEA International and others between 2009 and 2012 on the political economy of research uptake. It presents cases from South America, Africa and Asia, edited books and other resources.

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Lessons from Peer Reviewing among Think Tanks

This is the final post in the series edited by Andrea Ordoñez on a Peer Review System for the Think Tank Initiative in Latin America. The post outlines key conclusions and recommendations for future efforts as well as implications for initiatives beyond think tank peer reviews.

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Perspectives on the Peer Review Pilot

This blog is part of the series on peer review for think tanks. It has been edited by Andrea Ordóñez and in it she discusses the key points of the evaluation process whereby authors and reviewers assessed the pilot peer review system.

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A manifesto for research-policy funders: publish what you are funding and finding

There are many studies and projects being commissioned by think tank funders and think tanks themselves that aim to solve the same questions. Instead of working together they seem to be working in parallel -and in isolation from one another. In this post I propose a 6-point 'manifesto' for funders to 'sign' (and commit to). It should help save lots of money, encourage more research on these issues by think tanks themselves, and nurture a culture of co-prodution of knowledge.

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(Re)Creating a culture of peer review

Patricia Ames, Research Director at the Institute of Peruvian Studies has written about recreating a culture of peer reviews in a think tank. Her post is part of a series edited by Andrea Ordoñez, about a new peer review mechanism for think tanks that the Think Tank initiative has piloted recently. Patricia considers the different reactions to peer review demands that researchers often express.

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Peer review and training of young researchers

This blog is part of the series on peer review for think tanks. It was written by Horacio Vera, a young researcher at INESAD, who had his paper peer reviewed in the process. He reflects on how the process supported his research capacity. It has been edited by Andrea Ordoñez.

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