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Urban Affairs: Public Policy & Think Tanks
A research guide of recommended information resources for Urban Affairs research
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.
A private, independent, nonprofit research organization which seeks to improve the performance of American institutions, the effectiveness of government programs, and the quality of U.S. public policies.
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Members of Congress better serve the nation, and helping the public to better understand public policy debates and the operations of the national legislature. Through the sponsorship of educational conferences and seminars, values-based research and this Internet site, the Institute seeks to further discourse on issues of public importance.
A nonprofit public policy research organization serving the nation's federal and state elected officials, journalists, Heartland Members, and other opinion leaders. Founded in 1984, Heartland was the first think tank in the nation to focus on free-market solutions to state and local public policy problems.
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization. Its two-fold mission is: help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy issues, and help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions. The site analyzes some two dozen public policy issues.
Since 1993, NIRA's Center for Policy Research has published NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks, which provides a systematic introduction to the world's most prominent and innovative public policy research institutes, better known as think tanks.