Policy Research Resources

The organizations listed below maintain resources that may be useful in policy studies research. Although each organization has a bias, each was chosen for its credibility. The Center for Global Studies makes no further evaluation or claim of content. Where possible, mission statements and publication details were extracted from organizational websites themselves. Please select one or more categories below to display a list of organizations, then click on the name of an organization to access further details as well as the organization's website.

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A2K Network

Mission Statement

Access to Knowledge (A2K) Network is predicated upon the fact that intellectual property rights (IPRs) are a consumer issue, not just an issue for business. For example, the expansion of the scope and enforcement of intellectual property rights at the behest of rights holders impacts on consumers by inhibiting the sharing and development of culture, by denying consumers the freedom to use goods in the way they reasonably expect to be able to (for example due to Digital Rights Management (DRMi) technology), and by making learning materials unaffordable or simply unavailable to consumers in developing countries.



Mission Statement

"To promote economic opportunities for cooperatives, enterprises and communities through the innovative application of sound business practice."


Action Against Hunger

Mission Statement

"[T]o save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster."


Adam Smith Institute

Mission Statement

The Adam Smith Institute does not aim to think about policy for its own sake, but to change events. It works with politicians from all sides, and engineers policies which are not just economically sound, but calibrated to be politically deliverable too.

The Institute has an enviable record of success. Throughout its history, it has been at the forefront of moves to reduce taxes, inject choice and competition into public services, and create a more free and prosperous society.

But the Institute’s work is about more than simply affecting policy; it also aims to educate young people. With its easy-to-read beginners’ guides, its student conferences and seminars, and its school and university visits, the Institute aims to reach and inspire the next generation.


American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Mission Statement

"[T]o defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism--limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate."


American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

Mission Statement

"[D]edicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders, particularly in the former USSR, with building democracies and market economies."


Amnesty International

Mission Statement

"[T]o conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice  for those whose rights have been violated."


Arms Control Association

Mission Statement

"[D]edicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies."


Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Mission Statement

"To discover, develop and support ëintellectual entrepreneursí worldwide who can advance the Atlas vision of a society of free and responsible individuals."


Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies

Mission Statement

"The Bangladesh Unnayan Gobeshona Protishthan or The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) is an autonomous public multi-disciplinary organization which conducts policy oriented research on development issues facing Bangladesh and other developing countries. The mission is to facilitate learning in development solutions by conducting credible research, fostering policy dialogue, disseminating policy options, and developing coalitions to promote informed policy making. The Institute also conducts training on research methodologies and carries out evaluation of development interventions. In that pursuit, BIDS is involved in collection and generation of socio-economic data for carrying out analytical and policy loaded research on current economic and social issues and dissemination of research findings and knowledge on developmental concerns to support policy formulation. BIDS researchers also contribute directly to formulation of government policies through their interactions and participation in the policy making process."


Bipartisan Policy Center

Mission Statement

"[T]o develop and promote solutions that can attract public support and political momentum in order to achieve real progress."


Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA)

Mission Statement

"The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) is an independent trust set up by a Presidential Decree. It started operations in 1995 as a non-government policy research institution. BIDPA focuses mainly on Policy Analysis and Capacity Building.

BIDPA’s core purpose is to inform policy and build capacity in policy analysis"


Brookings Institution

Mission Statement

"[T]o conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:

  • Strengthen American democracy;
  • Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and
  • Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system."



Mission Statement

Bruegel is a European think tank working in the field of international economics. Established in 2005, Bruegel  is independent and non-doctrinal. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate. Bruegel‘s governance and funding model is unique. Its membership includes EU governments and leading international corporations. Its day-to-day work is carried out at arm‘s length from members‘ interests.


Carnegie Endowment

Mission Statement

"[D]edicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States."