Harvard Kennedy School Research Centers Recognized for Their Good Thinking

January 27, 2014

The important research, outreach and engagement being conducted at Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) research centers is being recognized on the global stage. The University of Pennsylvania’s annual list of best “think tanks” includes a No. 1 ranking given to the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The Center for International Development also appeared on the list of the best university think tanks at No. 14.

The annual rankings were announced by UPenn’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program last week in Washington. For 2013, the Belfer Center improved from the No. 2 to the top spot in the “best university-affiliated think tanks” category. The Belfer Center first earned the No. 1 ranking in 2011.

The UPenn project has ranked research centers for the past seven years. In issuing its 2013 report, program Director James McGann said 6,826 think tanks around the world were catalogued, including 1,828 in the United States.

The program draws on more than 1,950 scholars, journalists, policy makers and government officials who participate in the nomination and judging process throughout the year. In addition, expert panels contribute to the rankings in specialist categories.

The Belfer Center also ranked 21st among all think tanks in the United States, improving by one place from the previous year. The Brookings Institution in Washington was again rated the No.1 think tank in the world, and Chatham House in Britain was ranked No.1 among non-U.S. research centers.

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For 2013, the Belfer Center improved from the No. 2 to the top spot in the “best university-affiliated think tanks” category.