What Should Think Tanks Do?

A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact

Author: Andrew Dan Selee

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804789290

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

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Think tanks and research organizations set out to influence policy ideas and decisions—a goal that is key to the very fabric of these organizations. And yet, the ways that they actually achieve impact or measure progress along these lines remains fuzzy and underexplored. What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide for Policy Impact is the first practical guide that is specifically tailored to think tanks, policy research, and advocacy organizations. Author Andrew Selee draws on extensive interviews with members of leading think tanks, as well as cutting-edge thinking in business and non-profit management, to provide concrete strategies for setting policy-oriented goals and shaping public opinion. Concise and practically-minded, What Should Think Tanks Do? helps those with an interest in think tanks to envision a well-oiled machine, while giving leaders in these organizations tools and tangible metrics to drive and evaluate success.
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The National Security Enterprise

Navigating the Labyrinth

Author: Roger Z. George,Harvey Rishikof

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 1626164401

Category: Political Science

Page: 440

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"In cooperation with the Center for Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University" -- Title page.
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Think Tanks and Emerging Power Policy Networks

Author: James G. McGann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319719556

Category: Political Science

Page: 123

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This book explores the transforming political climate of several emerging powers—Turkey, China, and India—and the key role think tanks play in that transformation. With case studies from three think tanks, the authors uncover the unique challenges that emerging power think tanks face in gaining recognition as global tanks and how networks will influence this process. To do so, they first establish what it means to be a global think tank in the context of emerging powers. Next, they provide the three case studies beginning with an examination of the Observer Research Foundation, a prominent Indian think tank, followed by a study of China’s Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, and concluding with a discussion on the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey. Following these case studies, the authors further explore the dynamic of a think tank network with remarks from presidents of think tanks in the T20 think tank network.
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Northern Lights

Exploring Canada’s Think Tank Landscape

Author: Donald E. Abelson

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773599738

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Think tanks are often thought of as a uniquely US phenomenon. Although the largest concentration of think tanks is in the United States, they can be found in virtually every country. Often overlooked, Canada’s think tanks represent a highly diverse and eclectic group of public policy organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Fraser Institute, and the Mowat Centre among others. In Northern Lights, Donald Abelson explores the rise of think tanks in Canada and addresses many of the most commonly asked questions about how, and under what circumstances, they are able to affect public opinion and public policy. He identifies the ways in which Canadian think tanks often prioritize political advocacy over policy research, and seeks to explain why these organizations are well-suited and equipped to shape the discourse around key policy issues. The first comprehensive examination of think tanks in Canada, Northern Lights is both a primer for those looking to understand the role and function of think tanks in the policy-making process and a guide to the leading policy institutes in the country.
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Workshop on best practice methods for assessing the impact of policy-oriented research

Summary and recommendations for the CGIAR

Author: Place, Frank,Hazell, Peter B. R.

Publisher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 49

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Methods and practice for the impact evaluation of policy-oriented research (POR) lag behind many other research sectors, such as agricultural technology research, making it difficult to prioritize investments in POR and retarding institutional learning about how to make POR more effective. To address these issues within the context of the CGIAR, a workshop on “Best Practice Methods for Assessing the Impact of Policy-Oriented Research” was cosponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), and the Standing Panel for Impact Assessment (SPIA) of the CGIAR’s Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), and held at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC, November 11–12, 2014. This paper provides a summary of the workshop discussions and draws on this, together with findings from the literature, to derive guidelines for assessing policy-oriented research in the CGIAR.
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Urban Sanitation

A Guide to Strategic Planning

Author: Kevin Tayler,Jonathan Parkinson,Jeremy Colin

Publisher: Intermediate Technology

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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Urban Sanitation covers all stages of the planning process and shows how unified urban sanitation planning is a vital weapon in the war against disease. This book is for all decision makers and their advisers with a direct or indirect interest in urban sanitation. It can be used at international, national, state or provincial, municipal and local levels. It is also suitable as a text for infrastructure planning courses. The first five chapters outline the nature of urban sanitation problems, identify effective strategic responses to them and set out practical ways in which these strategic principles can be applied. Four chapters cover critical aspects of the strategic planning process: sanitation and hygiene promotion; information collection and analysis; technology choice; and participatory workshops. The final chapter provides guidance on putting the plan into action. The book goes beyond simplistic formulae to suggest ways in which formal plans, market forces and actions at the local level can be brought together to provide a viable response to sanitation problems. The approach is simple but has potential to bring about significant impacts if regularly applied by all stakeholders, from local groups through to international agencies. It draws on a wealth of field experience and in doing so provides tried and tested findings and recommendations in 32 case studies. Supplementary sections set out the links between sanitation and health, review sanitation technologies, provide information on participatory methods and detail sources of further information.
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Power in Policy

A Funder's Guide to Advocacy and Civic Participation

Author: David F. Arons

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780940069459

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 307

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Increasingly, foundations are finding that participation in public decision making is often a critical component in reaching the impact demanded by mission-related goals. For those weighing precisely what role foundations should play, the mix of real-life examples, practical advice, and inspiration in this book are invaluable.
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The ... CQ Guide to Current American Government

Author: Inc. Congessional Quarterly,CQ Press

Publisher: CQ-Roll Call Group Books

ISBN: 9781568021119

Category: Political Science

Page: 150

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Published every six months, CQ's Guide to Current American Government is a collection of the best of CQ reporting for the last six months of the CQ Weekly. The annual Fall and Spring editions cover the major issues under debate in Congress, Supreme Court decisions, and controversies among conflicting interests. The new Fall 1999 edition covers over 25 topics, including such important issues as: -- Health care reform measures -- IRS restructuring update -- Efforts to overhaul the Medicare system -- The plan to privatize Social Security Ideal for either specific research of general reporting, these selections represent the critical issues and controversies of the past six months. CQ's Guide to Current American Government provides up-to-date examination and analysis of these current issues and controversies and allows readers to put today's headlines into historical perspective. CQ's Guide to Current American Government is the ideal reference tool for students, researchers, and everyone who wants a more complete perspective on the major issues of our day. To facilitate additional research, the original date of publication along with the page number references related and background articles in the CQ Weekly and CQ Almanac.
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