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Never mind the X Factor this is the So What Factor

Why we shouldn’t let them kill the policy brief like they did the press release.

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Why Think Tank Review?

Think tanks exist to find the best ideas for the good of society. How can they do that if no-one reads what they are producing? Or if their only metric of success is the amount of coverage they generate? Think tanks are much more than publishers, but reports are one of their principal outputs – and right now they are not working. This is the problem Think Tank Review was created to solve.

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How a poll can change the world

What’s the most generous country in the world? Who does the most for good causes? Answering that simple (but quite difficult) question has led us to provoke debate round the globe and opened the door to some quite profound discussions about how the world is changing and how it could change for the better.

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How Communications Teams Can Increase Trust – Transparify’s Take

Communications teams should ensure that think tanks are more transparent. At their best, communications teams can connect institutions to the outside world, and bring new ideas in, in addition to pushing ideas out. Moreover, building trust is a critical long-term task for communications teams at think tanks. Getting noticed is only the first step towards having impact. Trust is needed to convert attention into action.

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Unchartered Territory – Centre for Cities’ Open Source Campaigning Experiment

In January 2014, the Centre for Cities – an independent, non-partisan think tank focusing on economic development and urban policy in UK cities – took our first steps into the unchartered territory of campaigning, with the launch of ‘Think Cities’. While the Centre has long been involved in the political and policy-making spheres, this was the first time we had sought to build an election campaigning platform that sits outside of our core research programme, and our own manifesto.

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Disrupting Wonkcomms

Last week, Jill Lepore took to the pages of the New Yorker to denounce “disruption.” Lepore wasn’t content merely to document the ways that the term has been overused into near-meaninglessness. No, Lepore aimed at debunking the very idea of

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In defence of the PDF

The death of the PDF has become something of a WonkComms mantra of late. Any digital enthusiast trying to make the case to their more traditional colleagues to move away from the much-despised format will have circulated with glee the

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The Future of Digital Longform Publishing

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a slew of opportunities to muse about the future of digital publishing. A piece on explainer journalism from Adam Tinworth kicked things off. And though Tinworth’s conclusions were meant as a prediction

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Find Policy: Why Institutional Websites And Search Still Matter

Find Policy targets the search specifically to policy research organizations, and thus can offer more rewarding results. Ideally we hope that we can contribute to more prominence of think tank research. It’s thus a complement to some of the issues discussed in WonkComms: in addition to highlighting particular research pieces, or the work of an institution, this search engine ideally helps make the work of the entire sector more accessible.

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Powerful storytelling: how comms stole the show

What revolutionary digital communications tool had a communications specialist at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in Kolkata employed that had single-handedly creating the biggest event buzz in a roomful of 100 academics and activists at the most prestigious university in India? A camera and a 20 year-old technique. That’s what.

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Posted in Guidance, Opinion