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Understanding think tanks

Think tanks are a difficult subject of study. The definition of a think tank is a heavily contested issue and a topic for heated conversations. To understand what they are we must first understand their origins and evolution over time as well as their context and their relationship with it.

There articles offer an insight into think tanks, their relationships with each other and with other actors, and into the very different contexts in which they thrive around the world.

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Lessons from the OTT Conference

By Annapoorna Ravichander

As head of the Policy Engagement and Communication, Resource Mobilisation and Training team at the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), the 2019 OTT Conference gave me lessons which are both useful...

March 7, 2019

On public engagement

By Enrique Mendizabal

There are many histories of think tanks – but I like this origin story of the modern think tank. Sometime in the late 1800s, business leaders, policymakers, experts and the interested...

March 1, 2019

The flaws in the ranking

By Enrique Mendizabal

I was going to let it go this year. But after a quick read I found so many mistakes that it became a challenge not to write this at all. OTT and many others have been critical of the ranking...

February 2, 2019

Twelve ways to decide what actions to take

By Ajoy Datta

In this post we provide twelve suggestions on what you might do to support policymakers to improve their use of evidence. Do you work within or beyond formal constraints identified by the...

December 17, 2018
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