Baker Institute ranked among top 30 U.S. think tanks

The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy has been ranked one of the top 30 think tanks in the United States and among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks in the world.

The 2010 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings, released in January 2011, are organized by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Rankings criteria includes an institute's ability to retain top scholars, the quality of research, access to policymakers and ability to influence policy decisions.

"The Baker Institute's ranking is a reflection of the relevance and timeliness of the public policy studies and recommendations produced by the institute's fellows and scholars," said Ambassador Edward Djerejian, the founding director of the Baker Institute. "It also reflects, as well, the quality of the programs and events that the institute's staff organize to extend our outreach to the Rice students and faculty, to the Houston community and to national and international audiences through our state-of-the-art communications facilities."

According to the rankings report, there are an estimated 6,480 think tanks in the world, with the majority in the United States and Europe. Texas alone has 47 think tanks. Just under 5,500 think tanks participated in the 2010 survey.