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Stocktaking on Research Quality at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

In this post Andrea Ordoñez writes about research quality. She identified three levels of responsibility: the individual, the organisation, and society. She argues that to deliver high quality research all three need to be addressed.

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The Think Tank Initiative’s Global Exchange 2015: an annotated guide

[**This page is being updated**] The 2015 Think Tank Initiative Global Exchange (#TTIX2015) will take place in Istanbul from 18-20th February 2015. Follow On Think Tanks to find out what is going on at the event. This post includes useful resources on all the topics being discussed and a guide on who to follow.

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The Think Tank Initiative Global Exchange: the elephants in the room

There have been a few issues missing from the Think Tank Initiative 2015 Global Exchange: governance and management, funding and business models, and transparency. Here are some ideas for discussion.

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Think tanks and elections: a series on experiences from around the world

This new series on think tanks and elections introduces new initiatives from around the world. It complements a series focused on Latin America and illustrates a new Page on On Think Tanks.

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Think Tank Initiative Evaluation: some ideas for the evaluators

The call for proposals for the second phase of the Think Tank Initiative presents an opportunity to reflect on what such an evaluation should entail. This 'wish-list' brings together some of the ideas presented in this blog over the years in an effort to encourage more and better applications.

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A quick and dirty “Transparify-like” assessment of TTI think tanks

Transparify has just published an excellent report in which it reviews the financial transparency of over 150 think tanks across the world. Inspired by this effort I have rated the group of think tanks funded by the Think Tank Initiative. For no other reasons that it is a fairly clear set, not too small and not too large, and representative of three developing regions. In this blog post I argue that Transparify has opened a door that other should follow.

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Our Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) Program: On the importance of flexibility

In this post, Julie LaFrance from the Think Tank Initiative, reflects on some of the lessons the programme has learned in supporting think tanks. She argues that greyer flexibility from donors (and the various contractors they use) is necessary to support think tanks in a way that suits their own interests and possibilities. Important lessons for any 'demand-driven' initiative.

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Insight into factors affecting perceptions of performance in policy communities (Part 2)

In his second post, Philippe Martin outlines some of the key findings of his study of the effect that certain contextual factors have on think tanks' performance. He concludes with a number of interesting research questions to inform any efforts for further analysis.

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Insight into factors affecting perceptions of performance in policy communities (Part 1)

Philippe Martin has used the Think Tank Initiative's database to test a number of hypothesis about the effect that certain contextual factors have on think tanks' performance. In this first post of two, he outlines some of the hypothesis studied.

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A think tank ‘knowledge society’ index – is it possible?

David Walker presents and discusses a Knowledge Society Index developed to attempt to explain the effect of the context on think tanks formation and success. Developing such an index presents an attractive opportunity to quantify the fussy relationship between context and think tanks but leads to critical challenges that David addresses. What do you think of the index? Are the costs and challenges too large to merit the effort?

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