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Political Science Resources, University of Michigan Documents Center  

Think Tanks and Public Service Organizations, InfoUSA, U.S. Department of State International Information Programs 

Directory of Think Tanks, includes foreign organizations, Library of International Affairs, World Press Review

Think Tanks and Policy Centers, Lehman Social Sciences Library, Columbia University

Economics Think Tanks, Gardner's World Economics, Baylor University

Centers for Research & Policy Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Aspen Institute
Purpose: "We seek to foster enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a nonpartisan and nonideological setting."

Brookings Institution
Purpose:  "The Brookings Institution, one of Washington's oldest [1927] think tanks, is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, governance, and metropolitan policy." 

Cato Institute  
: "The Cato Institute was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane. It is a nonprofit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato's Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution."

Center for American Progress (CAP)
Purpose:  "The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all.  We believe Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure our national policies reflect these values."

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Purpose:  "The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals."

Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)
Purpose:  "The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a nonprofit public policy organization dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. We believe that consumers are best helped not by government regulation but by being allowed to make their own choices in a free marketplace." 

Economic Policy Institute (EPI)  
:  "EPI was the first — and remains the premier — organization to focus on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Furthermore, it adheres to strict standards of sound, objective research and analysis and couples its findings with outreach and popular education."

Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC)  
:  "The Ethics and Public Policy Center was established in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues."

Freedom Forum
Purpose:  "The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment freedoms and newsroom diversity."

Freedom House
Purpose:  "
Nonpartisan and broad based, Freedom House is led by a board of trustees composed of leading Democrats, Republicans, and independents; business and labor leaders; former senior government officials; scholars; writers; and journalists. All are united in the view that American leadership in international affairs is essential to the cause of human rights and freedom.
     "Over the years, Freedom House has been at the center of the struggle for freedom. It was an outspoken advocate of the Marshall Plan and NATO in the 1940s, of the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, of the Vietnam boat people in the 1970s, of Poland's Solidarity movement and the Filipino democratic opposition in the 1980s, and of the many democracies that have emerged around the world in the 1990s."

Galen Institute
"The Galen Institute, Inc., is a not-for-profit, free-market research organization devoted exclusively to health policy. It was founded in 1995 by Grace-Marie Turner to promote a more informed public debate over individual freedom, consumer choice, competition, and diversity in the health sector."

Harvard AIDS Institute
Purpose:  "For almost two decades, the Harvard AIDS Institute has been dedicated to promoting research, education, and leadership to end the AIDS epidemic. As the number of AIDS cases continues to escalate disproportionately in Africa and other resource-scarce settings, the Institute has directed its research efforts toward developing prevention and treatment strategies to stem the epidemic in these regions.
     "The Institute partners with organizations in Africa and other regions of the world to develop sustained education and training programs. The training of international scientists and health professionals helps to produce a cadre of experts able to facilitate and lead the development of health care strategies and interventions that will benefit individuals, families, and societies in resource-scarce areas."

Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Purpose: "The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. With its world-renowned group of scholars and ongoing programs of policy-oriented research, the Hoover Institution puts its accumulated knowledge to work as a prominent contributor to the world marketplace of ideas defining a free society."


Hudson Institute
Purpose: "As a public policy think tank, Hudson Institute forecasts long-term trends and designs near-term solutions for government, business, and the nonprofit world. We share optimism about the future and a willingness to question conventional wisdom. We believe in free markets, individual responsibility, the power of technology, and a determination to preserve America's national security."

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) 
Purpose: "The Institute for Research on Poverty is a university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.  It is nonprofit and nonpartisan.
     "The Institute was established in 1966 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, the organization given responsibility for reducing poverty in America.  In the years since then, the Institute's multidisciplinary affiliates have formulated and tested basic theories of poverty and inequality, developed and evaluated social policy alternatives, and analyzed trends in poverty and economic well-being."

Manhattan Institute
Purpose:  "For 25 years, the Manhattan Institute has been an important force in shaping American political culture. We have supported and publicized research on our era’s most challenging public policy issues: taxes, welfare, crime, the legal system, urban life, race, education, and many other topics. We have won new respect for market-oriented policies and helped make reform a reality.
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     "Our widely quoted quarterly City Journal has become the nation's premier magazine about urban governance and civic life. Through subscriptions, citations, and reprints, City Journal commands the attention of the people who seriously think about the state of American cities and manage their gover

Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC)
Purpose:  The mission of MassINC is to develop a public agenda for Massachusetts that promotes the growth and vitality of the middle class. We envision a growing, dynamic middle class as the cornerstone of a new commonwealth in which every citizen can live the American Dream. Our governing philosophy is rooted in the ideals embodied by the American Dream: equality of opportunity, personal responsibility and a strong commonwealth. MassINC is a non-partisan, evidence-based organization.

Open Economies
Purpose: "Open Economies is a business-oriented, technology-savvy policy center at Harvard supporting developing country leadership to bridge digital divides. We are focused on digital entrepreneurship—promoting trade in digital goods and services originating in the developing world, and helping to encourage information and communication technology-based businesses around the world.
     "We are based at Harvard Law School, Berkman Center for Internet & Society. We are participants in the G-8 Group of Nations Digital Opportunity Task Force, the United Nations ICT Task Force, and the World Economic Forum Digital Divide Task Force. We are supported financially and through pro bono contributions by Hewlett-Packard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and GeoPartners Ventures."

Pew Charitable Trusts
Purpose:  "The Pew Charitable Trusts serves the public interest by providing information, policy solutions, and support for civic life. Based in Philadelphia, with an office in Washington, D.C., the Trusts make investments to provide organizations and citizens with fact-based research and practical solutions for challenging issues. In 2003, with approximately $4.1 billion in dedicated assets, the Trusts committed more than $143 million to 151 nonprofit organizations."

Purpose: "For more than 50 years, decision makers in the public and private sectors have turned to the RAND Corporation for objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the nation and the world. These challenges include such critical social and economic issues as education, poverty, crime, and the environment, as well as a range of national security issues." 

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Purpose:  SIPRI has built its reputation and standing on competence, professional skills, and the collection of hard data and precise facts, rendering accessible impartial information on weapon developments, arms transfers and production, military expenditure, as well as on arms limitations, reductions and disarmament. The task of the Institute is to conduct 'scientific research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solution of international conflicts and for a stable peace.'
     "The Swedish Parliament decided that the Institute be established on 1 July 1966 with the legal status of an independent foundation. All SIPRI research is based exclusively on open sources."

Urban Institute
Purpose:  "April 1968 — A blue-ribbon commission of government officials and civil leaders, set up by President Johnson, charters a nonprofit nonpartisan research institute to look at America's cities and urban populations. . . . [Today] the Urban Institute measures effects, compares options, shows which stakeholders get the most and least, tests conventional wisdom, reveals trends, and makes costs, benefits, and risks explicit."




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