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Think tanks and video

When thinking about communications for Think Tanks, are videos an important and effective way to communicate research? What are the tools available for researchers to share their work? What is the best way to reach target audiences? Do videos always require a big budget? What role do videos play in a communications strategy? In this series, you will find some great advice from communication experts on identifying if a video is what you need to communicate your research, along with helpful tips on how to produce one (with and without a budget) and broadcast it on the most appropriate digital platform. On Think Tanks resources appear at the bottom of the page.
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    Think tanks and videos: are they an effective tool to communicate research?

    I (very) recently joined the On Think Tanks team as an editorial manager. One of my first set of tasks was to create a series about Think Tanks and Videos from content that was already on the site. The first step was obvious: a broad search and bookmarking of all relevant posts. Let me state... Read full article
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    Communications as an Orchestra

    Communicating is like playing music. Heads of communications need to behave as the conductor of an orchestra. They must prepare their musicians and their instruments to be ready to entertain their audience, keep them engaged, and 'move' them, even encourage them to sing along. This post outlines an alternative to strategic communication plans. Read full article
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    The year in WonkComms: 13 tools think tank communicators should use in 2014

    Leonora Merry, Richard Darlington and Nick Scott have published a list of 13 communication tools that were tried and tested in the UK in 2013. They provide an interesting invitation to innovate. Blogs, Twitter, Vine and even Buzzfeed (yes, Buzzfeed) along side more traditional emails and research reports make for a very interesting list. Read full article
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    Responding to digital disruption of traditional communications: ‘reusing the wheel’

    In earlier blogs, I’ve discussed one of the biggest challenges for think tanks in using the Internet: the amount of information out there that is competing for attention. As well as being a challenge, however, this also offers an opportunity. For it is this mass of content – and the tools... Read full article
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    Using digital communications to connect at a human level for maximum impact

    In this post, Florencia Durón, from Mexican think tank CIEP, offers sounds advice on how to introduce a human touch to a think tank's digital communications strategy. Her advice is based on CIEP's experience -and the have numbers to back it up. Read full article
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    Selecting different ways to reach audiences: a strategically ongoing effort

    In this third post in the series on audience segmentation and development Vanesa Weyrauch offers some practical advice on which communication tools may work best for some of the main think tank audiences. Read full article
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    Video and data visualisation examples for think tanks, from the Igarape Institute

    In response to our previous post listing examples of videos that think tanks can use to communicate to their audiences, Robert Muggah of the Igarape Institute, a think tank based in Rio de Janeiro that focuses on thematic priorities such as drug policy, violence reduction and international... Read full article
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    How To Make Compelling Policy Video: A Production Guide for Think Tanks

    Think tanks are increasingly turning to videos to communicate their research. But are they spending enough time planning and distributing them? In this post, Michael Kleiman, provides research based advice on planning, producing and distributing videos for think tanks. Read full article
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    Video for think tanks: shooting like a pro (on a shoestring)

    As On Think Tanks has argued before, events should never be produced without some kind of recording. They should always be registered, not only because it is good to keep a record of what we do as a research centre but also because of the enormous possibilities that a video gives us to share... Read full article
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    ODI’s award-winning online strategy explained

    The ODI digital strategy, which I first outlined in a series of blogs for, was awarded Online Strategy of the Year 2012 at the prestigious Digital Communications Awards, held in Berlin on Friday. ODI beat off competition from over 100 multinational corporations and... Read full article
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    The future of researchers

    I was asked by the organised of the forum on the Future of research in 21st Century to prepare a short presentation on: How would a shift in research practice, applied in the social and digital environment, impact on the capabilities of researchers in the future?  Applying holistic and... Read full article
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    Finding the Stories Behind the Numbers

    There’s a lot you can learn from numbers. In the world of public policy, numbers allow you to track statistical trends, identify systematic problems and evaluate an initiative’s impact. Numbers can also serve as reference points to make important comparisons – a 6.6 magnitude... Read full article