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    What are think tanks?

    Think tanks are research institutes focused on researching and advocating specific topics like human rights, public policy, social policy, and much more. Individuals who work in think tanks are experts in these topics. They have master's and doctoral degrees; have many years of experience in government or international affairs; and constantly contribute to these topics. Check out this webpage from Wellesley College (MA) for an Introduction to Think Tanks.

    • Pew Research Center - "A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. They conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research."
    • Louis Harris Data Center - Access Harris polls dating back to 1958 covering all kinds of topics, like environmental issues, foreign affairs, and crime.
    • Gallup: Polling Info - A *Non-partisan* global analytics and advice firm that helps leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Find overviews, reports, and more about current issues.
    • American National Election Studies - Covers election data from 1948-present.
    • VoteSmart
    • Open Secrets - Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money under one entity, "following the money in politics."
    • NORC (National Opinion Research Center) - "NORC helps governments, nonprofits, and businesses make better decisions through data and analysis."
    • AAPOR (American Association for Public Opinion Research) - "Leading association of public opinion and survey research professionals."
    • ESS (European Social Survey) - "An academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe since its establishment in 2001."


    Non-Governmental Organization = NGO

    United Nations = UN

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