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What is a think tank?
Think tanks are research organizations whose work is to study specific complex problems and suggest solutions; especially social or economic problems. There are over 1,500 think tanks in the United States. As you research your social problem you may want to look at research conducted by think tanks to learn more about public and professional opinions.
Think Tank Direct Links
The Brookings Institute's mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
The mission of the Cato Institute is to originate, disseminate, and increase understanding of public policies based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Our vision is to create free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles.
Center for Education Policy Research
The Center for Education Policy Research is a unique partnership among districts, states, foundations, and university-based researchers designed to leverage the overwhelming amount of newly available school-, teacher-, and student-level data to address previously intractable policy questions in education and improve educational outcomes for all students.
The Heritage Foundation's mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
The Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy’s mission is to shape policy and practice with evidence and experience from the nation’s largest private integrated health care delivery and financing organization.
Oregon Center for Public Policy
OCPP does research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues in Oregon.
RAND research spans issues, such as energy, education, health, justice, the environment, and international and military affairs.
The Urban Institute's mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.
Washington State Center on Budget & Policy
The mission is research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society.