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Many policy briefs from think tanks, NGOs, and research institutes can be found online. Include the keywords "policy brief" or "policy paper" or "white paper" in your search.
Congressional Research Service(CRS) Reports
Reports on policy issues and legislative documents to support congressional committees and members of Congress. Filters on the left can narrow a search by topics, authors, date and more.
Non profit digital archive of policy research. Not as comprehensive as CRS, and has a heavy focus on California and other western states. Worth checking out for secondary research.
Find results from 17 leading think tanks working on foreign policy, in the US and Europe.
Access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems.
Public Policy Topics Web Archive
A selection of web sites from political groups, community and religious organizations, advocacy groups and more containing different viewpoints on a variety of American public policy topics.
Think tanks are institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity.
Example Think Tanks
Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)
Intergovernmental organizations generally consist of representatives of sovereign states pursuing common goals and are established by a formal instrument of agreement. They often publish reports and compile statistics, which are available for free on their web sites, that may be of interest to researchers. Examples of IGOs include NATO, European Union, United Nations, G-8, and the African Union.
An international organization founded in 1945 made up of 193 Member States.
Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
NGOs, or Non-Governmental Organizations, are non-profit organizations working on humanitarian, human rights, and sustainable development issues worldwide.
The online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics. Browse by theme or country.
Human Rights Watch
One of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
Through detailed research and determined campaigning, we help fight abuses of human rights worldwide. We bring torturers to justice. Change oppressive laws. And free people jailed just for voicing their opinion.
Environmental Defense Fund
An organization of scientists, economists, and policy experts working to address today's most urgent environmental challenges.
Why find organizations when researching?
Scholarly articles are not the only place to find high quality research and analysis. There are organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, that produce original research and reports that you may not find anywhere else. In addition, it may be important to understand the position of influential groups on a topic.
Being non-profit or even being humanitarian does not mean that an organization does not have a bias in favor or against a certain subject, industry or policy. Just because an organization has a bias does not mean that you would not use information from them.
- Check the "About" page to understand the mission of the interest group.
- Do some searching on Google to see what more you can find out.
- Check to make sure that any research conducted was well done.
- Look for other groups that may have different positions.
- Find out who funds the organization. Be aware that some think tanks are run by corporations as a way to generate positive public relations.
Rates major think tank's financial transparency.
Information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups that look like think tanks