Think Tanks

Wikipedia Definition & Overview
A think tank (or policy institute) is an organization that conducts research and engages in advocacy in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology issues and in the creative and cultural field.


Brookings Institute
The Brookings Institution is an American nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. in the United States. One of Washington’s oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development.

CATO: Telecom, Internet & Information Policy

Center For Technology and Democracy

Center for Technology and National Security Policy

CNT Sustainable Communities Attainable Results
CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, natural resources, and climate change

CU tech
CUTech takes Research to Reality by providing technology research, application software and consulting to the Credit Union industry.

Digital tools for think tanks: videos
We have put together some examples of the types of videos that think tanks can use for several purposes, as part of an initiative to illustrate the array of digital tools available. The videos have been taken from several well known think tanks, such as Brookings and the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as from universities such as Stanford.


Innovation Policy


Joint Center

List of Think Tanks (Wikipedia)/List of Think Tanks in the United States
Two lists – one for international think tanks the other for think tanks in U.S.

New America Foundation

On Think Tanks website
This blog is about think tanks (or policy research institutes; or institutos de investigación de políticas públicas o centros de investigación, in Spanish).

Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. It does not take positions on policy issues.

Phoenix Center

Public Knowledge

RAND Corporation
RAND Corporation (Research ANd Development[2]) is a nonprofit global policy think tank first formed to offer research and analysis to the United States armed forces by Douglas Aircraft Company

The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1950 as the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies. The organization is dedicated to “fostering enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues”