First day of #TheExchangeQuito

7 April 2015
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After 6 months The Exchange is meeting again, this time in Quito: #OTTE2015.

The first day of the meeting was focused on catching up with each project and setting out the objectives for the week:

Day  Time  Session  Venue 
Monday, April 6                                                                                    10:30  – 13:00 • Welcome and week planning• Catching up in plenary and in small groups to share challenges and exchange lessons Hotel Dann Carlton
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 • Team work sessions to define a work-plan for the week, set out objectives, and begin discussing progress.
Free evening

After a brief presentation and update of what each one had been up to the teams got together to work on their projects:





The Communications Group

The communications groups includes participants from Peru, Indonesia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. It has been working on comparative case studies of their think tanks’ communications strategies. Over the last 6 months it has worked on clarifying concepts, understanding each other’s organisations, identifying aspects of their communications work worth looking into (and of interest to others) and working on the cases themselves. These preliminary outputs will be shared by the end of the Quito Meeting.

Their presentation is below:

The PSATT Team

The PSATT (Performance Self-Assessment of Think Tanks) team is made up of participants from Argentina, Ecuador, Georgia and Brazil. It has been working on a survey to be carryout out in each think tank. The survey covers 4 dimensions of organisational performance – Strategic Direction, The Board, Knowledge Management and Quality Control.

Their presentation to the group is below:

The Business Models team

Finally, the Business model team presented their progress and objectives. This team is made up of participants from Argentina and Indonesia. This projects started after the other two so has had to ‘catch-up’. It had to explore the concept of business models in the context of think tanks and focus (or narrow) on a series of dimensions to study. They have focused on think tanks from Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay (for Latin America) and Indonesia.  The Indonesian research has been completed and work on Latin American think tanks is underway.

The presentation can be seen below:

Once again, we looked at how far people had to travel to get here: