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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 1919, and formerly known as the Twentieth Century Fund, the foundation is “committed to the belief that a mix of effective government, open democracy, and free markets is the most effective solution to the major challenges facing the United States.”
Founded in 1963 and sometimes referred to as Washington's think tank on the left, the institute's purpose is to provide various social movements with the intellectual ammunition to transform “their moral passion into a sensible public policy.”
Founded in 1946, AIR's purpose is to "conduct and apply behavioral and social science research to improve people’s lives and well-being, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.” Issue areas include education, educational assessment, health, international development, and work and training.
Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the center "drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue."
Founded in 1999, the foundation offers “new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States" with an “emphasis on big ideas, impartial analysis and pragmatic solutions.”
Founded in 1952, the council "seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.” Research areas include HIV and AIDS; poverty, gender, and youth; and reproductive health.
"Truman unites more than 1,500 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, and political professionals with a shared worldview: America is strongest when we utilize all of our tools – defense, diplomacy, development, and democracy – to engage the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century."
Established in 1968 by Act of Congress, the center “aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington.”
Founded in 1973, Heritage'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.”
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