Society Issues Policy Institutes
Policy institutes study a wide range public policy issues and topics; publish position papers; conduct conferences on public policy topics; etc. Their web sites are often good sources of information and opinion on public issues. Some policy institutes are nonpartisan, particularly if they are associated with universities, but most have a particular point of view. Institutes in this category cover the full range of the political spectrum.

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Acton Institute
Promotes a free society informed by religious faith and moral absolutes.
The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy
Pennsylvania-based Conservative think tank devoted to local issues.
American Foreign Policy Council
Non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders, particularly in the former USSR and Asia, with building democracies and market economies.
American Policy Roundtable
A non-profit, non-partisan education and research organization dedicated to restoring traditional, Judeo-Christian principles to American public policy.
Anderson Economic Group
Provides public policy analysis for private, public and government sectors.
Applied Information Resources
A non-profit, public policy research and community information organization dedicated to citizen education on public issues.
The Arab American Institute
Provides leadership training and strategies in electoral politics and policy issues that concern Arab Americans.
Aspen Institute
International nonprofit dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives.
The Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research
BHI is a free-market think tank based in Suffolk University Boston, MA. It studies the public policy areas of state tax policy, privatization, welfare reform, compassion tax credits, regulatory reform and other areas from a market perspective.
Belcher Foundation
A conservative think tank that publishes research on public policy, church and state, education, law, and history.
Buckeye Institute
Improving the lives of all Ohioans by promoting free market ideas and limited government.
C.D. Howe Institute
Canadian economic and social policy think tank.
The Calvert Institute for Policy Research
A non-partisan, educational institution dedicated to the research and propagation of solutions to Maryland state and local public-policy concerns based upon the principles of free markets and personal responsibility.
Canada West Foundation
Aims at bringing Western perspectives to Canadian policy debates.
Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)
FOCAL is an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to deepening and strengthening Canada's relations with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through policy discussion and analysis.
Carey Center for Democratic Capitalism
Works to educate students, citizens, and leaders in the fundamentals upon which the American republic was constructed - democracy and capitalism.
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education at the nexus of ethics and international affairs. Provides speech transcripts, articles, reviews and other materials on a variety of subjects.
The Carter Center
A nonprofit public policy center founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to fight disease, hunger, poverty, conflict, and oppression around the world.
Cascade Policy Institute
Oregon based free market think tank.
Cato Institute
Promoting public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peaceful international relations. Thousands of studies and articles available online as well as streaming audio and video of institute events. Site updated daily.
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that seeks to promote democratic debate on important economic and social issues.
Center for National Policy
Non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization located in Washington, DC. Contributes to policy debates on issues of U.S. national interest including economic analysis, equal opportunity, community studies and foreign policy.
The Center for Public Leadership
Center at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University that seeks to improve the practice of leadership and citizenship, through research, education and outreach. The Center aims to strengthen the positive effect of those engaged in improving the quality of public life.
Center for Public Policy Priorities
A non-partisan research organization committed to improving public policies and private practices that influence the economic and social prospects and conditions of individuals, families, and communities.
Center for Retirement Research
Organization established in 1998 dedicated to the research and dissemination of retirement policy issues as well as to widening access to related data sources.
The Center for Strategic & International Studies
A public policy research institution dedicated to analysis and policy impact. CSIS is the only institution of its kind that maintains resident experts on all the world's major geographical regions. It also covers key functional areas, such as international finance, U.S. domestic and economic policy, and U.S. foreign policy and national security issues.
The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism
Public policy institute dedicated to advancing individual rights and economic freedom throughout America. The Center's philosophical defense of business and profit-making, and opportunities for activism.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center is a research institute that conducts analyses on government policies and programs.
Centre for Community Study
A Canadian public policy centre looking at urban and community issues.
The Centre for Independent Studies
Australia-based policy institute which emphasizes the role of the free market in an open society and other voluntary processes in providing many of the goods and services normally supplied by the compulsory methods of government.
Citizens Research Council of Michigan
A privately funded, not-for-profit public affairs research organization.
Civitas: the Institute for the Study of Civil Society
A British educational charity and publisher specializing in health, education, welfare, economics and the renewal of civil society.
The Claremont Institute
The mission of the Claremont Institute is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life.
The Club of Rome
Non-profit, international think tank; information about research areas and methodology, activities, publication archive, organizational information, and related links.
Committee for Economic Development
CED is an independent, non-profit, nonpartisan public policy organization comprised of business and academic leaders dedicated to researching important economic and social issues.
The Commonwealth Foundation
An independent, non-profit, non-partisan, free-market public policy organization based in Pennsylvania which promotes the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual responsibility.
Community Sector Council - Newfoundland and Labrador
A social development, research, planning and service organization, dedicated to citizen engagement and the promotion of volunteerism.
Competitive Enterprise Institute
A non-profit public policy organization dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. Believes that consumers are best helped not by government regulation but by being allowed to make their own choices in a free marketplace.
Council for Emerging National Security Affairs
Seeks to become the premier venue for virtual collaboration in addressing emerging national security affairs and policy renewal.
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Encourages the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America.
Discovery Institute
A non-profit, non-partisan public-policy center headquartered in Seattle, WA and focusing on national and international issues.
An independent institute promoting free-market economics and a strong Greek presence in international politics.
Economic Policy Institute
Nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.
Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs
A non-partisan policy center collaborating with community organizations, public officials, business and labor, and schools and universities to offer programs on community development and family empowerment.
Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.
EIC's mission is to lead the entertainment industry in bringing its power and influence to bear on health and social issues.
Ethan Allen Institute Home Page
Vermont's free-market public policy research and education organization - a "think tank" for issues affecting Vermonters.
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Seeks to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues. Its program includes research, writing, publication, and conferences. Located in Washington, DC.
European Jewish Congress
A federation of national Jewish communities in Europe.
Fraser Institute
Canadian free market think tank.
Free Congress Foundation
A politically and culturally conservative think tank whose main focus is on the Culture War.
Freedom Foundation
Advancing individual liberty, free enterprise and responsible government in Washington State and nationwide. Teachers vs. unions, health and welfare reform, the Taxpayer's Titanic.
The George C. Marshall Institute
Information on science and public policy issues (e.g. global warming, defense technology) for students, teachers, scientists, the media and lawmakers.
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
A nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education foundation dedicated to keeping all Georgians informed about their government. Believes in limited government, private enterprise and individual responsibility.
Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies
The Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to helping improve public policy decision-making in Georgia through research and analysis, training of policymakers and policy analysts, and public education.
Gerster Consulting
Swiss firm which conducts research, policy analysis, and advocacy on trade, development, environment, and other aspects of international cooperation. Areas of activity, background information, and news releases available in English; additional content available in German.
Goldwater Institute
Independent research and educational organization studying public policy. Research papers, editorials, and policy briefings advocate policy founded on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Topics include health care, privatization, education.
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
A public policy think tank providing detailed study, analysis, investigation and reporting on the impact on the individual citizen by government and its procedures and departments in Hawaii.
Heartland Institute
Chicago based think tank promoting public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, and free markets.
Hoover Institution
A think tank on the campus of Stanford University, dedicated to research in domestic policy and international affairs, committed to generating ideas that define a free society.
Hudson Institute
A public policy research organization that forecasts trends and develops solutions for governments, businesses and the public. Addresses domestic and international policy issues.
Independence Institute
A non-partisan, non-profit public policy research organization established upon the eternal truths of the Declaration of Independence and dedicated to providing timely information to concerned citizens, government officials, and public opinion leaders.
The Independent Institute
A nonprofit, scholarly research and educational organization which sponsors comprehensive studies on political economy.
Institute for American Values
The Institute for American Values, founded in 1987, is a private, nonpartisan organization devoted to contributing intellectually to the renewal of marriage and family life and the sources of competence, character, and citizenship.
Institute for Liberty and Democracy
The mission of the Peru based institute is to assist developing and former Soviet nations in the transition to a modern market economy that actually gives those who have been locked out of the system a stake in the economy.
Institute for Policy Studies
A "think tank" for progressive research and action to create a more responsible society built around the values of justice, nonviolence, sustainability, and decency.
Institute for Women's Policy Research
A non-profit organization dedicated to researching policy issues of critical importance for women. IWPR's policy areas include poverty and welfare, family and work, health care and domestic violence, and employment.
Institute of Economic Affairs
The IEA is the UK's original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955.
Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy
Founded at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, to identify, scientifically evaluate, and implement through public policy, promising new technologies and programs that offer practical solutions to problems facing the United States.
International Center for Peace and Development
The ICPD conducts research projects on a wide range of issues concerning global security, conversion of resources from military to civilian purposes, food security, employment, economic development, and the environment.
The International Research and Exchanges Board
A US-based nonprofit organization committed to international education in academic research, professional training and technical assistance.
INURA - International Network for Urban Research and Action
Network of people involved in action and research in urban areas, on issues such as social exclusion, community-led environmental schemes, and social housing.
Iowa Public Interest Research Group
Iowa PIRG is a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to preserving the environment, protecting consumers and holding government accountable to the public interest. Located in Des Moines, Iowa.
Israel Center for Social & Economic Progress
An independent pro-market public policy think tank since 1984.
The James Madison Institute
A Florida-based public policy research organization dedicated to promoting economic freedom, limited government, federalism, traditional values, the rule of law, and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility
The John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs
An academic forum for the study, research and discussion of the principles and practices of American constitutional government and politics.
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
A U.S. national, nonprofit institution that conducts research on public policy issues of special concern to African Americans.
The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
A New Hampshire-based think tank.
Levy Economics Institute
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College is a research organization devoted to public service, generating public policy responses to important economic problems that profoundly affect the quality of life in the United States and abroad.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
A nonpartisan research and educational organization devoted to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions.
Manhattan Institute
A nonpartisan, independent research and educational organization, the Institute's goal is to develop and encourage public policies at all levels of government which will allow individuals the greatest scope for achieving their potential, both as participants in a productive economy and as members of a functioning society.
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation
A nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people.
Marshall Institute
Information on science and public policy issues (e.g. global warming, defense technology).
Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth
MassINC is public policy think tank promoting the growth and vitality of the middle class. They produce periodic research reports, conduct public events and publish a quarterly magazine of Massachusetts policy and politics called CommonWealth.
Mathematica Policy Research
Public policy research organization.
McGregor Consulting Group
Carries out research and education on a variety of issues: consumer, family and home economics education and peace, citizenship and human rights.
Mercatus Center
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is an education, research and outreach organization. The aim of its work is to enable individuals to live free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.
Milken Institute
The Milken Institute is an independent economic think tank whose mission is to improve the lives and economic conditions of people in the U.S. and around the world.
The Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation
Focuses on multiple solution ventures for the inner city, the truly disadvantaged, children, youth and families, including capacity building and policy advocacy. Provides research data and list of community partners.
Morrison Institute for Public Policy
An Arizona State University resource for objective policy analysis and expertise. The Institute researches public policy issues, informs policy makers and residents, and advises leaders on choices and actions.
The Nation Institute
A liberal-left independently funded and administered organization, committed to a just society and the principles of the First Amendment.
National Center for Policy Analysis
A nonprofit public policy research institute.
The National Center for Public Policy Research
A conservative policy institute covering Congress, insider political information, the environment, regulations, legal reform, retirement security, Social Security, race relations, campaign reform, and affirmative action.
National Institute for Labor Relations Research
The Institute provides the supplementary analysis and research necessary to expose the inequities of compulsory unionism.
National Legal Foundation
A non-profit Christian constitutional litigation firm and policy think tank committed to restoring America's Biblical foundations.
National Social Norms Resource Center
The National Social Norms Resource Center promotes and provides assistance in applying the social norms approach to various health, safety and social justice issues, including alcohol and tobacco risk-reduction.
Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development
A policy-oriented research and consulting organization. Promotes international cooperation for security and ecologically sustainable development. Programs embrace both global and regional issues, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
The institute is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It is actively involved in public policy research on the role of state and local governments in American federalism and the management and finances of states and localities in major areas of domestic public affairs.
Nevada Policy Research Institute
Nevada-based non-partisan and non-profit public policy research and education organization.
New America
Attempts to bring new voices and new ideas to the fore of America's public discourse and seeks to reshape the American public debate by investing in outstanding individuals and ideas that transcend the conventional political spectrum.
New Jersey Policy Perspective
New Jersey Policy Perspective is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts research on public policy issues in New Jersey.
New Policy Institute
A progressive, independent think tank, focusing on government policy for services, from health and education to finance.
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Nonpartisan research institute that advances policies and practices to improve the economic and social opportunities for low- and moderate-income Oregonians.
Pacific Research Institute
San Francisco-based public policy think tank promoting individual freedom and personal responsibility.
Pioneer Institute
A Boston-based public policy research institute advocating individual freedom and responsibility, limited and accountable government, and expanded application of free-market principles.
Political Research Associates
Monitors and analyzes the organizations, leaders, ideas, and activities of the US political right.
Progressive Policy Institute
A public policy center shaping the "Third Way" governing agenda.
Public Interest Institute
A non-profit, non-partisan, public policy research organization located on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The Institute promotes the importance of a free-enterprise economic system and limited government in society based upon individual freedom and liberty.
Public Policy Forum
A nonpartisan public policy research organization and good government watchdog.
Public Policy Institute of California
A private, non profit organization dedicated to independent, nonpartisan research on California's economic, social, and political issues.
Public/Private Ventures
An action-based research, public policy and program development organization. Published reports on youth, labor market, community and faith-based initiatives, as well as program replication.
Quixote Center for faith-based social justice
A faith-based, social justice center working with people who have few resources for their struggles.
Rand Corporation
Rand Corporation conducts independent research on important issues such as science and technology, methodology, national security, public policy, justice, health, education, drug policy, and demographics.
Reason Foundation
A national public policy think tank based in Los Angeles.
Samuel Neaman Institute
The Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology is an independent public-policy research institute, established in 1978 to assist in the search for solutions to national problems in science and technology, education, economy and industry, and social development.
Sutherland Institute
A Utah-based public policy research organization supporting limited government, private property rights, and personal responsibility.
Today Foundation
A Dallas-based non-profit organization with interests in education and criminal justice. Projects of the Today Foundation include the Children's Education Fund and Associated Texans Against Crime.
Transnational Institute
Internationally-focused organization that works on global problems such as militarism and conflict, poverty and marginalisation, social injustice and environmental degradation.
The Urban Institute
Investigation and nonpartisan analysis of U.S. social and economic problems and issues, including the New Federalism, welfare and welfare-to-work, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, disabilities, crime, the nonprofit sector, education, tax policy, labor, housing, and community development issues.
Virginia Institute for Public Policy
An independent, nonpartisan, education and research organization committed to the goals of individual opportunity and economic growth.
The Weidenbaum Center
Facility located at Washington University in St. Louis supports scholarly research, public affairs programs, and other activities in the fields of economics, government, and public policy.
Wildflowers Institute
The mission of the institute is to design and develop frameworks, processes, and tools that help individuals and groups build productive interfaces between diverse cultures and to strengthen the cultural formation, quality of life, and social health within the community.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
A presidential memorial that fosters scholarship and dialogue in the humanities and the social sciences. The Center pursues work on three interregional, interdisciplinary themes: ethnicity, comparative urban studies, and governance.
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