Political Resources: Think Tanks, Organizations, and Government

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Pacific Research Institute
The Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy promotes the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The Institute believes these principles are best encouraged through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government.

Pension Research Council
The Pension Research Council sponsors interdisciplinary research on the entire range of private pension and social security programs, as well as related benefit plans in the United States and around the world. The PRC seeks to broaden public understanding of these complex arrangements through research into their social, economic, legal, actuarial, and financial foundations.

Political Economy Research Center
PERC is a market-oriented think tank focusing on environmental and natural resource issues. Our research and policy analysis covers endangered species, tigers, forestry, fisheries, mines, parks, public lands, property rights, Superfund, water, wildlife, and environmental education.

Population Reference Bureau
The Population Reference Bureau is dedicated to providing timely, objective information on U.S. and international population trends. We inform policymakers, educators, the media, and concerned citizens working in the public interest about the demographic trends that shape our world. PRB is a nonprofit, nonadvocacy organization.

Public Agenda
Public Agenda is a non-partisan, non-profit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City.

Rand is a nonprofit institution that helps improve public policy through research and analysis. Rand’s broad research agenda helps policymakers strengthen the nation’s economy, maintain its security, and improve its quality of life by helping them make choices in education, health care, national defense, and criminal and civil justice, among many other areas.

RIPON Society
The Ripon Society invites you to help shape America’s future. Through broad-minded and creative ideas, Ripon transforms partisan rhetoric into constructive public discussion with a strong platform of original political thought, fiscal responsibility and dynamic policy initiatives.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
SIPRI conducts “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.”

Taub Urban Research Center
The Taub Urban Research Center explores issues and challenges affecting cities and metropolitan regions. The Center issues reports and conducts forums that include participants from government, business, nonprofit organizations, and the academic community.

Tax Foundation
The Tax Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization that has monitored fiscal issues at the federal, state, and local levels since 1937.

The American Enterprise Institute
he American Enterprise Institute sponsors original research on government policy, the American economy, and American politics. AEI research aims to preserve and to strengthen the foundations of a free society, limited government, competitive private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and vigilant defense through rigorous inquiry, debate, and writing.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center
The Annenberg Public Policy Center is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on the role of communication in the public policy decision-making process. The Center has four research foci: Media and the Dialogue of Democracy (including recent analysis of the discourse of the 1996 presidential campaign); Media and the Developing Mind (focusing on efforts to improve the quality of children’s television); Health Communication (developing an understanding of how communication can improve health behavior); and Information and Society (analyzing the societal impact of information and information technologies).

The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute seeks to improve the quality of leadership through dialogue about the values and ideas essential to meeting the challenges facing societies, organizations, and individuals.

The Atlas Economic Research Foundation
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation helps to create and develop independent public policy research organizations internationally by providing intellectual entrepreneurs with advice, financial support, workshops, and access to a network of leaders who share a commitment to achieving a free society.

The Brookings Institution
A private, independent, nonprofit research organization, the Brookings Institution seeks to improve the performance of American institutions, the effectiveness of government programs, and the quality of U.S. public policies.The Brookings Institution is committed to independent, factual and nonpartisan research and publication.

The Carl Albert Center
The Carl Albert Center, located at the University of Oklahoma, provides instruction and promotes scholarship related to the history, structure, processes, personnel, and policies of the United States Congress. In the most general sense, the Center facilitates study of modern representative democracy as exemplified by the Congress.

The Cato Institute
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of more options that are consistent with the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government.

The Center for Ethics and Popular Education
The Center for Ethics and Popular Education provides values-based economic literacy training and leadership development to organizations who use this information to further their own goals of social change. The Center also provides technical assistance to groups who want to put economic context into their work.

The Center for American Woman and Politics (CAWP)
The Center for the American Woman and Politics is a university-based research, education, and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women’s relationship to politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life. CAWP is a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

The Century Foundation
The Century Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research foundation that undertakes timely and critical analyses of major economic, political, and social institutions and issues. Formerly the Twentieth Century Fund.

The Conference Board
The Conference Board creates and disseminates knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society.

The East-West Center
The primary function of the East-West

Center Washington (EWC Washington) is to further the East-West Center mission of strengthening relations and understanding among the governments and peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States.

Foundation for Economic Education
The Foundation for Economic Freedom is a non-profit, non-political, educational champion of private property, the free market, and limited government, and is supported by contributions and program revenues. Freedom Forum
The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three main priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment freedoms and newsroom diversity. The Future of Freedom Foundation
The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance the libertarian philosophy by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government. The Heartland Institute
The mission of The Heartland Institute is to help build social movements in support of ideas that empower people. Such ideas include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies. The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. The Independent Institute
The mission of The Independent Institute is to transcend the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefine the debate over public issues, and foster new and effective directions for government reform. The Initiative and Referendum Institute
A non-profit, non-partisan research and educational organization dedicated to the promotion, protection, and expansion of the initiative and referendum process in America. The Institute for Policy Innovation
A non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank, which researches, develops and promotes innovative and non-partisan solutions to today’s public policy problems. The focus of the Institute is on approaches to governing that harness the strengths of individual liberty, limited government, and free markets. The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a non-governmental research organization located in Austria. The institute conducts inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change. Josephson Institute of Ethics
A public-benefit, non-profit corporation founded by Michael Josephson in honor of his parents to improve the ethical quality of society. It is a membership organization designed to gather and focus the moral energy of people who want to do something to make our society more honest, fair, caring and accountable. The Justice Research Association
A private consulting firm and ‘think-tank’ focusing on issues of crime and justice. JRA serves the needs of the nation’s civil and criminal justice planners, researchers, practitioners, academicians, and administrators through professional consulting services in all areas of criminal justice — including the on-going evaluation and professionalization of police services, courts and jury selection, correctional administration, and criminal justice policy planning. The Kuyper Institute
An innovative high-tech, electronic, analytic, on-line archive and publishing forum with serious and distinctively biblical perspectives. The Media Institute
A nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. The Institute exists to foster three goals: freedom of speech, deregulation of the media and communications industry, and excellence in journalism. The Mercatus Center
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is an education, research, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to bridge academic theory and real-world practice. The National Center for Public Policy Research
The National Center for Public Policy Research is a communications and research foundation dedicated to providing free market solutions to today’s public policy problems. We believe that the principles of a free market, individual liberty and personal responsibility provide the greatest hope for meeting the challenges facing America in the 21st century. The National Wetlands Inventory
Ponders particular problems associated with the digital mapping efforts of the end users of NWI data. The Poynter Institute
A school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders, promoting excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter’s belief in the value of independent journalism. The Progress & Freedom Foundation
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that promotes innovative policy solutions for the digital age. The Reason Foundation
Reason Foundation is a national research and educational organization that explores and promotes the twin values of rationality and freedom as a basic underpinning of a good society. The Roper Center
Through the maintenance of the world’s largest archive of survey data, and through its programs of publication, presentation and advanced research, the Roper Center strives to improve the practice of survey research and the use of survey data in the United States and abroad. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute
Dedicated to promoting the well-being of the Latino population of the United States through the improvement of the nation’s policies and programs, the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC) conducts rigorous, policy-relevant research, evaluates the effects of governmental and corporate practices on Latinos, and serves as a nonpartisan source of information, analysis, and ideas for the policymaking communities.

Urban Institute
A nonprofit policy research organization investigating the social and economic problems confronting the nation as well as government policies and private programs designed to alleviate them. The Institute’s objectives are to sharpen thinking about society’s problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens’ awareness about important public choices.

Wellesley Centers for Women
The Wellesley Centers for Women builds on the strengths and accomplishments of its two partners, the Center for Research on Women and the Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies, by facilitating the development of new research, increasing efficiency, and expanding the Centers’ outreach. It also unites the two Centers in a joint mission to educate, inform and expand the ways we think about women in the world.

World Resources Institute
A policy research center created in to help governments, international organizations, and private businesses address the question of meeting basic human needs and nurture economic growth without undermining the natural resources and environmental integrity on which life, economic vitality, and international security depend.

Worldwatch Institute
Dedicated to fostering a sustainable society – one in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or future generations. To this end, the Institute conducts interdisciplinary research on emerging global issues, the results of which are published and disseminated to decision makers, the media, and the public.

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
A unique organization, devoted solely to the defense of free expression in all its forms.

The Trends Research Institute
By incorporating the most reliable data available from a wide variety of sources, the Institute delivers a uniquely balanced and comprehensive perspective, and clients save time and money by acquiring a wide range of research and interpretation services from a single, reliable source.

Western States Center
The Center was founded in 1987 to challenge the isolation felt by many western communities facing similar social, economic and environmental challenges, and to help stimulate creative and successful organizing efforts in the West. Our vision is a vigorous and informed grassroots democracy, supporting a new generation of public leaders and an agenda of social and economic justice and environmental protection.

The Women’s Research and Education Institute
WREI’s mission is to identify issues affecting women and their roles in the family, workplace, and public arena, and to inform and help shape the public policy debate on these issues.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Our Center aims, in a strictly nonpartisan fashion, to foster scholarship and promote the exchange of views between scholars and decision makers that was envisaged by Woodrow Wilson. We sponsor research, meetings, and publications on history, economics, politics, international relations, the environment, literature, art history, and many other areas.

World Future Society
A nonprofit educational and scientific organization for people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. With 30,000 members, the Society serves as a nonpartisan clearinghouse for ideas about the future, including forecasts, recommendations, scenarios, alternatives, and more.