Baker Institute again named among top U.S. think tanks

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania has once again ranked Rice University"s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy among the top 50 think tanks in the United States.

The 2009 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings, launched Jan. 28, 2010, evaluated more than 6,000 think tanks that were nominated globally, of which nearly 400 (up from 288 in 2008) were ranked by an international panel of 300 experts. The organizations were ranked according to "rigor and relevance of the research and analysis produced, scale of operations, breadth of audience and financial support, contribution of research and analysis to public debate and the policy making process, and the organization"s overall impact on public policy."

The project, "grew out of the never-ending requests I receive from journalists, scholars and government officials to provide a list of the leading think tanks in a particular country or region of the world," TTSCP director James McGann, Ph.D., writes in the report"s introduction. "Over the last 4 years the process has been refined and the number of institutions and individuals involved in the project has grown steadily."

To learn more about the project, please visit UPenn"s International Relations Program website.

The report is available for download here.