The Center for International Development (CID) has been ranked the 2nd best international development think tank in the world, according to the newly released 2013 Global Go To Think Tanks Index.

CID also ranked 14th among university-affiliated think tanks and 25th on the list of all think tanks in the United States.

The annual report - generated by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania – is the result of an international survey of more than 2,000 scholars, donors, policy makers, and journalists. The process has a vast global outreach, as more than 6,800 think tanks from 182 countries were invited to participate.

The nomination and ranking criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Quality and commitment of think tank's leadership
  • Quality and reputation of research and analysis
  • Ability to recruit and retain elite scholars and analysts
  • Academic performance and reputation
  • Impact of a think tank's research and programs on policy makers

The report distinguishes think tanks by region, area of research, and special achievement.

2013 marks the 5th consecutive year the Center for International Development is listed in the index.

Another HKS center was recognized; the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs was ranked top university-affiliated think tank in the world.