We wanted to find out what the think tank landscape looked like around the world. So, in this series we’ll use the Overton data to understand how think tanks are influencing policy, one country at a time.
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We spoke with Jonathan Breckon to learn about knowledge brokerage, influencing policy and the potential for technology and data to streamline the research-policy interface.
This week marks 75 years since the founding of the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is a cherished institution in the United Kingdom, and is considered by many as the backbone of British society, providing free, universal healthcare to its...
The 22nd of June 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the Windrush passengers arriving in the UK. In this blog we’ll take a look at the policy relating to the Windrush generation; specifically publications related to the scandal in which the...
New experimental research from academics at UCL explores how academic scholarship influenced government educational policy during the Covid pandemic, evaluating to what extent policy makers used the ‘best’ available research.
Edit on 16th August: we realised that our initial figures didn't take into account self citations (documents citing documents from the same think tank) and have corrected the table. The ranking of think tanks in the top 10 has changed.
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Ahead of the On Think Tanks conference this week, Natalia Forrest reflects on why think tanks should measure their policy impact and outlines how the Overton app can help with this.
In the last year there has been a dramatic increase in industrial action across Europe. In the UK alone, nurses, teachers, barristers, postal workers, railway workers, university staff, junior doctors and members of the civil service have all gone...
International Women’s Day is observed every year on March 8th. The day is meant to mark the achievements of women, but also to highlight the need to advocate for women’s rights and for further progress in the struggle for gender equality. An...
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