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Often referred to as public policy or research institutes, think tanks can be a good source for research on various topics. • Think tanks often bridge the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems or concrete public policy issues.
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Thinking about Think Tanks
Think tanks can
be a great resource for research on a variety of topics, but you need to be mindful that
think tanks can be, and often are, advocacy oriented.
The fact that a think
tank refers to itself as non-partisan just means that it has no formal
connection to a political party, not that it doesn’t have an ideological
orientation that may be more consistent with a given political party.
Searching More Than One Think Tank at a Time
Policy Archive is a good source for finding materials from various think tanks, including many of the ones mentioned here.
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