This is a list of 175+ groups found to be useful in research at W&L.
Here are additional lists of public policy and advocacy groups.
Massachusettes Institute of Technology project whose "objective is to improve the effectiveness of poverty programs by providing policy makers with clear scientific results that help shape successful policies to combat poverty."
Interdisciplinary scholarly society. See "Projects" section.
Largest general scientific organization.
U.S. Bill of Rights protections.
Research on competitive enterprise, defense and foreign policy, domestic policy.
International human rights monitoring.
Media and public policy.
Children and families.
Anti-Semitism, pro-Israel research.
Arms control policy research.
Asia and Pacific region issues.
"Promotes constructive U.S. leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic community in meeting the international challenges of the 21st century."
"Hub of the Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy."
"Non-profit organization that was established in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell to provide a forum where tough policy challenges can be addressed in a pragmatic and politically viable manner."
Democracy, poverty, criminal justice issues.
Non-partisan research in economics, government, public policy.
Campaign finance issues.
Campaign finance issues.
University of Georgia.
International affairs and American foreign policy.
Limited government, free markets.
Research into the changing role of women as political leaders, from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
Research institute of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School's Department of National Security Affairs
"Watchdog" group on military spending and policy.
Technology and constitutional values.
Coverage of issues such as underserved populations and welfare reform. From George Washington University.
Immigration policy issues -- reports, news, statistics.
Research on the civic and political participation of young Americans.
Social welfare, low-income families, reproductive health.
"Focuses on several areas of national, economic, and regional security" -- nuclear security, Asian security, military transformation, Iran, Iraq, al-Qaeda.
Control of weapons of mass destruction.
Issues of integrity in public life.
Money in electoral politics.
Nonprofit seeks to "educate the public, advocate government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on health and environmental issues, and counter industry’s powerful influence on public opinion and public policies."
Non-partisan analysis of military spending and national security policy issues..
International security issues.
"nonpartisan organization dedicated to the study and teaching of founding principles and constitutional ideals."
Research on political leadership.
Research on electoral reform.
Impact of government policies on low-income families.
"Among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today."
Analyses of economic policies, foreign affairs, media issues.
"Independent, nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning."
"Nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at every stage of developmen," providing research, data, and analysis.
Research on issues affecting children and teenagers.
Policies affecting children and teenagers.
Research center at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
Monitoring performance at all levels of government.
Research on international security, inequality, and poverty.
Fiscal responsibility in government.
Analyses of constitutional issues, from Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.
Support of public service and government.
International aspects of American political, economic, and strategic problems.
Capital punishment issues.
Studies de-criminalization and other issues.
Technology and privacy issues.
Collaboration of the Pew Charitable Trusts, American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation, and Urban Institute to study income inequality and economic mobility in the U.S.
Info for/on pro-choice women running for public office.
Ethical and religious issues in public policy.
Human and civil rights of minorities in Europe.
"Leading Washington-based public-policy organization devoted to transatlantic affairs."
"Network of leading European think tanks and policy institutes focusing on contemporary European and EU political debate and policy analysis.
Research on issues of family-work conflicts.
Policy issues affecting "traditional families."
Reform of legal profession, with a return to traditional values.
Problems of science and society.
A project of the Freedom Forum, based at Vanderbilt University.
"Non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world."
Joint project of Institute for Policy Studies and Interhemispheric Resource Center.
International organization which studies and provides information, including best practices, on federalist governmental systems around the world.
Promotion of human and political rights internationally.
"Center for faculty and graduate students engaging in research on important public policy issues" at George Washington University.
"Works to ensure that all who strive for improvement and equity in global health have the information and resources they need to succeed."
Protection of environmental resources.
Research and policy analysis on reproductive issues.
"Aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations through applied research and service."
Public health issues, including alcohol and reproductive health.
Health policy issues.
International security issues.
Conservative policy think tank.
Research on homeland security issues.
Public policies in domestic and international affairs.
International human and civil rights.
Research on ethnic, religious, and political conflicts. See their country guides.
"Nonprofit think tank for research and education on ways to reduce the risk of war, minimize military spending, and foster democratic institutions.
Support for citizen participation in government. (George Washington University).
Science and policy issues that affect international security.
Program at Georgetown University.
News and analysis on the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, with an emphasis on issues relating to media coverage.
Policy issues affecting women and families.
Government taxation and spending policy issues.
University of Michigan umbrella organization for various research units, including ICPSR.
Center "for dialogue, research, and information about criminal justice-involved women, their families and communities."
"Works to make women in developing countries an integral part of alleviating global poverty."
Partnership of academic institutions in the U.S., the U.K., Israel, and Jordan, producing "first-class research, addressing the most pressing questions that can help to reduce the occurrence and impact of radicalisation and political violence."
Private, international group intended to monitor political crises and recommend solutions.
Electoral process issues.
Policies to support democratic participation.
International security issues.
Israeli think tank on terrorism-related issues.
An organization dedicated to field research and exchange programs between the U.S. and countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Concerned with oppression of indigenous peoples.
"Strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis." (Monterey Institute of International Studies)
Intelligence and national security information, with a focus on terrorism and Eurasia.
Public policy issues of concern to African Americans.
Study of issues relating to poor in America.
" We seek to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice."
"Watchdog" of legal and judicial systems.
Private non-profit organization with a mission to reduce reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems. .
The "Research and Publications" section of the KSG site.
Promotion of political participation.
"Nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization... independent of any political or other affiliation, and encourages diversity of opinion in the examination of economic policy issues while striving to transform ideological arguments into informed debate."
Study of such policy issues as national defense, homeland security, and immigration.
"Addresses issues involving the use, regulation, and taxation of land... urban development, the built environment, and tax policy in the United States and abroad."
"A centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy, and grand strategy," with access to reports, articles, etc.
"Dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect the poor."
Multidisciplinary studies of the region.
Provides "political analysis of issues involving the greater Middle East... strives to ensure that a full range of U.S. interests and views are considered by policy makers."
Nonpartisan think tank, with coverage from Pakistan to Morocco.
"Dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide."
Study of the American Presidency. (University of Virginia)
Combined Web site for the National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council, and affiliated research groups.
Chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.
Advocacy on issues relating to African Americans.
Research institute focusing on Asia and the Pacific.
"Nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children."
Commission "organized by the Miller Center of Public Affairs and The Century Foundation to recommend ways to improve the accuracy and fairness of federal elections."
"Conducts research, promotes reform initiatives, and seeks to work with individuals, public and private organizations, and the media to prevent and reduce crime and delinquency. "
"A non-profit public education organization that focuses on a wide spectrum of rapidly evolving foreign policy and international issues."
Coverage of money in state politics.
Issues relating to the prevention of and responses to terrorism.
Seeks full equality for women in business, government, etc.
Analyses of government taxing and spending policies.
Research institute and library of declassified documents. (George Washington University)
"Nation's oldest and largest community- based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream."
Research and advocacy on " issues that cut to the core of women's lives in education, employment, family and economic security, and health and reproductive rights—with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families"
Legal issues and advocacy in environmental issues.
"Sponsors a wide range of research, writing, conferences and public outreach on the most important global and domestic issues of our time."
"Goal of the Center is to explore ways of enhancing American security and prosperity while taking into account the legitimate perspectives of other nations."
Nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons issues.
Watchdog group monitoring the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, government information, regulatory activity, etc.
International famine relief and promotion of economic self-sustainability.
"Provides new scholarly perspectives on contemporary international history by collecting, publishing, and interpreting formerly secret governmental documents," particularly on the Cold War, NATO, and modern security issues.
Research in climate change, religion in public life, etc.
Non-profit research organization providing population data.
Analyses of military policy.
"Committed to exposing waste, fraud and corruption in the following areas: defense, energy & environment, contract oversight and open government."
Nonpartisan public opinion/research organization.
Campaign finance reform group.
Ralph Nader's civic advocacy organization.
Eminent think-tank on national security and social issues, more.
From the National Center for Children in Poverty of the Columbia School of Public Health.
Analyses of environmental, energy, and natural resources issues.
Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focusing on health care issues.
A center for the study of state government. (State University of New York)
Analysis of faith-based social services. (State University of New York)
Advocacy on natural resources and environmental issues.
Monitoring of extremist groups in U.S. Includes Klanwatch and Militia Task Force.
Nnon-partisan exchange of ideas, research and data to inform the policy debate about reducing poverty and increasing opportunity in the United States.
International security issues.
Division of the U.S. Army War College.
"nonprofit organization established to strengthen the professionalism, independence and impact of the news media in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union."
Research on effects of corruption.
Research on effects of technology on society.
Research on urban affairs (social and economic issues, etc.).
Self-described "gun control `think tank'."
"Promotes human rights, democracy and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean."
Independent international group (chaired by Hans Blix) which has produced numerous reports WMD control.
"Non-profit, non-partisan 501©3 organization dedicated to enlightening and educating the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area about international issues."
Research on international policy issues.
Research on sustainability, natural resource management, and related issues.
Global issues and trends.