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Think Tanks



Briefly, think tanks are organizations, institutions, or groups that conduct research, and produce and disseminate reports and policy recommendations. The focus of these organizations can range from as narrow as a single issue to very broad in interests. Politically they range from left to right, while some maintain a non-partisan position.       

According to the Best Schools website, “one way to gauge the influence of a think tank is to focus on the scholars active in it, their record of publications and other scholarly achievements, and how deeply these have affected the culture’s climate of opinion." (

The widely recognized rankings from the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program bases its rankings on an organization's ability to retain top-level analysts, the rigor of its research, its access to policy makers, and its influence on policy.

In an opinion piece on Think Tanks: Independent Research, Ideas, and Advice. presents another view.  
This Library guide expresses an opinion simply by which think tanks are included and which ones are omitted.

Generally, those included have been noted in journal article and reviews or web rankings. They are present here in alphabetical order. For more detail and a search tool, follow the Penn link, above.

Think Tanks, A-Z

Think Tanks, Listed Alphabetically

Terms, Contact & Guide Info

Guide Information and Terms of Use

This Library Research Guide is posted on the Rowan University Libraries' Research Guides site with the primary purpose of offering descriptions and links to Think Tanks.  these sites are invaluable for those pursuing policy issues.  

Rowan University Libraries' Research Guides are provided for educational and research purposes.  Guides are hosted on the Springshare LibGuides portal, to which Rowan University Libraries subscribes. Please send comments, suggestions, corrections to Ella Strattis via email.

Rowan University makes no claim to freely available websites nor does it accept responsibility for the information, views, or opinions expressed by those who have authored or compiled the content or by those who are quoted on the sites.  The inclusion of links to any of the websites on this or any other Library Research Guide should not be considered an endorsement of any product or service offered on the linked sites or by the website service providers.  

The use of this guide infers acceptance of the Terms of Use, spelled out on the Rowan University Libraries site. If you do not agree to abide by these terms you are required to leave the site.  

Contact Information
Ella Strattis, Research & Instructional Services. Email: Tel: 856-256-4975