Current Research Projects

2017 Global Go To Report
Annual Ranking of preeminent think tanks around the world

Middle East and North Africa
Focusing on how think tanks, NGOS, and state governments respond to regional themes

Africa: Investigating the Issues and Tracking the Trends
Empirically-based study on the state of African think tanks

Quality, Independence, and Integrity
Research on best practices that protect the quality, independence, and integrity of think tanks

Security & International Affairs
Studying think tanks addressing emerging issues in the field

India
Official title of study: “Indian Think Tanks: Powerhouses of Policy or Political Pawns”

North America
Includes research on trends and challenges facing think tanks in the US

NGO Pushback
Focus on understanding implementation of stringent regulations on think tanks and NGOs worldwide

Timeline of the 2017 Go To Think Tank Index

Before beginning the 2017 nomination and selection process, the team conducted extensive research in order to update and verify the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program’s (TTCSP) Global Think Tank Database.  60 Summer Research Interns spent more than a month collecting and verifying information on all known think tanks so they could be included in the process. All think tanks are eligible to participate in the peer and expert and nomination and raking process. There are no fees or barriers to participation.  Through this process many additional think tanks were identified for possible inclusion in this year’s study. A month in advance of the 2017 nomination and selection process launch, a letter announcing the commencement of the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) was sent to the more than 50,000 individuals and organizations in our database. Think tanks were asked to make recommendations for improving the nomination and selection process, in addition to potential Expert Panel nominees. A letter requesting evaluations of the efficacy and validity of the 2016 Rankings criteria, and nomination and selection process, was also sent to expert panelists from previous years.

Please download and review the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report before submitting your nominations, suggestions and corrections below:
2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2011 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2010 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2009 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
2008 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report


Nominations: Expert Panel Member – April 30 to August 31, 2017
In preparation for the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Indexing process, a call for nominations was issued for qualified individuals to serve on the Regional, Functional, and Special Areas of Distinction Panels. In addition, asked for comments, suggestions and recommendations for how we might improve the Index.
Round I: Nominations – August 15 to September 30, 2017
A call for Nominations was sent to over 7,500 think tanks and approximately 8,500 plus journalists, public and private donors, and policy-makers from around the world. These nominations were tabulated and institutes with 10 or more nominations were included in the next step of the 2017 Think Tank Indexing process. All of the top ranked think tanks from 2016 were automatically included in the 2017 ranking ballot. Peers and experts were also encouraged to send the names and contact information for newly established think tanks (last 24 months) and to report any issues or corrections to the 2016 Global Go To Think Index Report.
Round II: Peer/Expert Rankings – October 1 to October 31, 2017
Think tanks with 10 or more nominations were placed in an electronic ranking survey. A letter announcing the second round was emailed to all the think tanks, journalists, public and private donors, and policy maker groups who agreed to participate in the process. The rankings were tabulated and the list of finalists was generated for the Expert Panel to review and make final selections. This year, Regional and Functional Expert Panels were created for every category. These specialists were consulted to help assure the quality and accuracy of the nominations before they were placed on the final rankings survey.
Round III: Expert Panel Selects 2016 Go To Think Tanks – November 1 to January 8, 2017
The members of the Expert Panel received information packets by email in order to facilitate the final selection process. Individuals who served on last year’s Expert Panel as well as those who were nominated this year were invited to serve on the 2017 Expert Panel. Experts from every region and functional area were represented on the Expert Panel. Panelists submitted their rankings and recommendations by Friday, November 16, 2017.
Launch: 2017 Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings Announced 3rd week of January 2018
The 2017 Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings will be announced in New York, Washington D.C., and at host organizations in every region of the world.