Baker Institute named among top 25 U.S. think tanks

The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy is ranked 24th among U.S. think tanks and 17th among university-affiliated think tanks worldwide, according to the annual Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program survey at the University of Pennsylvania.

"As in recent years, the Baker Institute's ranking in 2011 is a reflection of the relevance and timeliness of the public policy studies and recommendations produced by the institute's fellows and scholars," said founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian. "It also reflects, as well, the quality of the programs and events that the institute's staff organize to extend our outreach to Rice students and faculty, to the Houston community and to national and international audiences."

The 2011 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings, released in January 2012, were produced with the help of more than 1,500 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions and policymakers. Rankings criteria included an institute's ability to retain top scholars, the quality of research, access to policymakers and ability to influence policy decisions. A total of 6,545 think tanks in 182 countries were invited to participate in the survey; 5,329 think tanks were nominated.