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After Action Reviews: the power of the ‘feedback loop’

My favourite kind of meeting is an ‘after action review’. It’s that meeting when you get the team back together again, once the dust has settled, and you talk about what happened, why it happened, and how it could have

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The little big thing

Everybody’s talking about ‘the little big thing’. We’re all working on big things: ending poverty, reducing maternal mortality, gender equality, financial inclusion, universal education, action on climate change… But sometimes we forget about the little thing, that makes the big

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3 more lessons from working with African think tanks

This post first appeared on OnThinkTanks. About a year a go, I wrote up my reflections after spending time in Kenya working with think tanks from across East Africa on their communications challenges. I’m just back from Tanzania, where again

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IMPACT

BOOM! There it is. Impact… Oowf… That’s hit home. Caused ripples. Resonated beyond the usual suspects. Those ‘key stakeholders’ are now ‘all ears’. Your report is basically the research equivalent of ‘appointment to view’ television. At water coolers all across

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Yet another postcard from Istanbul (don’t worry, this is the last one)

Dear Think Tank Review, I’ve just left the Think Tank Initiative Exchange in Istanbul. While I write this on my laptop in the traffic jam on the way to the airport, 43 think tanks from 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa,

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Another postcard from Istanbul

Dear Think Tank Review, I’m still in Istanbul at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange: 43 think tanks from 20 countries across the three continents of Africa, Asia and South America are still here, still discussing research quality and impact. Now

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A postcard from Istanbul

Dear Think Tank Review, I’m in Istanbul for the Think Tank Initiative Exchange: 43 think tanks from 20 countries across the three continents of Africa, Asia and South America have gathered to discuss research quality and impact. Do conferences get

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3 lessons from working with African think tanks

Earlier this year, I spent some time in Nairobi with think tanks from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia, discussing their communications challenges. Here are a few things I came back having learned.

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WonkComms World Cup of wonkery

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s THE WORLD CUP!!! As if wonks need any excuse to count things, research things, analyse things and generally wonk on about any of thing. Here’s some of the wonkiest World Cup related wonkery we’ve spotted

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VIDEOS: WonkComms 1 year on – 2 steps forward, 1 step back

Last Friday (2nd May, 2014) we had a birthday party! But before that we had an event, where is all started for us, at the ODI. We looked back and celebrated. But we also looked forward and wondered… what if?

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