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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.
Founded in 1974, MDRC is "dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people.” Its policy/research areas include: promoting family well-being and child development, improving public education, promoting successful transitions to adulthood, supporting low-wage workers and communities, and overcoming barriers to employment.
Founded in 1985 as part of the University of Southern California, the institute “advances critical, insightful thinking on key issues affecting Latino communities through objective, policy-relevant research, and its implications, for the betterment of the nation.”
Part of the State University of New York at Albany, the institute's mission is "to enhance the capacities of state governments and the federal system to deal effectively with the nation’s domestic challenges.”
With its roots in the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, PPI seeks “a third way beyond the liberal impulse to defend the bureaucratic status quo and the conservative bid to simply dismantle government.”
Formed in the 1960’s to monitor and evaluate Great Society programs, the institute focuses on a variety of issue areas, including poverty, housing, education, employment, crime and justice, and health care.
Founded in 1983, NCPA's goal is "to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.”
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