The Global Go To Think Tank Index Report is the result of an international survey of over 7,500 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists who helped rank more than 6,600 think tanks using a set of 28 criteria developed by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).
The quality and commitment of the think tank’s management, the reputation of its staff and research produced, as well as the think tank’s reputation with policy makers are among the key selection criteria. It is also the demonstrated commitment to produce independent research and analysis which counts for in the ranking process.
During the last years, wiiw climbed from rank 17 in 2012 to 14 in 2013 to 12 in 2014 - and reaches its highest position in the latest ranking as No. 5.
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. Often referred to as the 'think tanks’ think tank', TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations. It aims to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical policy areas and thereby also to improve policy making and to strengthen democratic institutions and civil societies around the world.