CIDOB Consolidates its Position in the International Think Tanks’ Elite

CIDOB - Jan 22, 2014

According to the “Global Go To Think Tank” report issued yearly by the University of Pennsylvania, CIDOB holds the 64th ranking position in the category of “Top Think Tanks Worldwide” and is the best Spanish think tank, on the 16th place, of Western Europe. CIDOB also consolidates as the first think tank of Southern Europe countries.

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According to the “Global Go To Think Tank” report issued yearly by the University of Pennsylvania, CIDOB holds the 64th ranking position in the category of “Top Think Tanks Worldwide” and is the best Spanish think tank, on the 16th place, of Western Europe. CIDOB also consolidates as the first think tank of Southern Europe countries.

These are some of the results of the Index 2013 "Global Go to Think Tank" that was presented on Janyuary 22nd at the World Bank headquarters in Washington. This index ranks the world's leading think tanks in different categories and is designed to identify centres of excellence in key areas of public policy research and in every region of the world.

CIDOB, a think tank of international reference

The 2013 edition of the "Global Go To Think Tank" offers few changes in the category of “Top Think Tanks Worldwide” led by the Brookings Institution Center (USA) which resumed the first position of the ranking. It is followed by Chatham House, United Kingdom (No. 2), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA (No. 3), Center for Strategic and International Studies, USA (No. 4) and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden (No. 5).

In the same category, along with CIDOB which is ranked 64, four Spanish centres appear: Fundación para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales (FAES) (No. 60), Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Affairs (FRIDE) (No. 72), Real Instituto Elcano (No. 94) and Institución Futuro (No. 137). All of them maintain or improve their results over the previous year, highlighting the quality and prestige of these centres. Thereby Spain ranks 21st among the countries with the largest number of think tanks, namely 55.

CIDOB strengthens its position in Europe

According to the 2013 Index "Global Go To Think Tank", CIDOB is also the most valued Spanish think tank among the list of “Top Think Tanks in Western Europe”. CIDOB scales to position 16, while FRIDE takes the 22, Real Instituto Elcano the 38, FAES the 58, Institución Futuro the 68 and Fundación Alternativas the 74.

Jordi Bacaria, director of CIDOB, in a first assessment of the results, states that "it is very important for CIDOB to hold good positions in the Index, particularly because it means the recognition of civil society and public decision makers which we aim to reach. It means that this audience appreciates our work as analysts and opinion makers, its quality and its independence."

The "Global Go To Think Tank" is the only international index that evaluates the work and impact of think tanks, and is the result of an open nomination process followed by a review by a committee of experts. Over 2,000 academics, journalists, policy makers, think tank directors and funders from all regions of the world -in addition to 1,950 specialists on different areas- have been involved in this edition. Throughout its history, this index has been refined to limit bias, expand the representativeness of the classification, and improve the quality and integrity of the nomination process.

In addition, the 2013 Index contains new categories, such as “Think Tanks to Watch” in which CIDOB holds the 12th position among 80 centres.

Moreover, this year evaluation sessions will be held in 31 cities around the world, including Barcelona, in order to analyze the role of the think tanks.

The 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report which can be downloaded from the website: http://gotothinktank.com/

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