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Just. Do. It.

As soon as we at the Chartered Institute of Housing started planning the launch of our latest report – on the impact of the government’s benefit cap in Haringey – I knew I wanted to do something a bit different to our usual report plus press release, maybe a blog and that’s pretty much it model… What convinced me that we did need to do something different was attending a Wonkcomms event earlier this year, on research in the digital age.

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Posted in Opinion

Moving beyond the report + media coverage communications model (or why Prospect’s ‘Publication of the Year’ award should be ‘Research Communications Project of the Year’)

That ‘appropriate way’ of communicating to get action and change will never be – has never been – a report alone. Though media coverage has always been central to think tank communications, changes to the way information is broadcast, found and consumed in the digital age will usher in a new understanding of what products are used in think tank communications.

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Animations: my step-by-step guide

A screenshot from ODI's Development Progress animation

Katy Harris of ODI’s Development Progress project outlines how they created an animation to explain the project to a broad audience, whilst also maintaining our authority to produce credible recommendations to policy-makers that are evidently based on ‘serious’ analysis.

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Posted in Guidance