Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New: Most Popular Think Tanks in Washington

DC Linktank has just released a list of Washington, DC's most popular think tanks based on Alexa web data.  Here is what they say:
Earlier this year, FPRI’s Global Go-To Think Tank provided a report ranking global institutions by influence with The Brookings Institution at the top of their list. From our experience at Linktank, we’ve learned that influence alone doesn’t convey the full extent of an organization’s capacity to affect policy or culture. We wanted a popularity contest.
The Linktank team reviewed our vast database of local organizations and did an analysis based on Alexa web data to determine which think tanks generate the largest interest. We looked only at independent organizations, not affiliated with an academic institution, and with a presence in Greater Washington DC.
The top ten results, in the slideshow below, surprised us. Brookings, decidedly most influential think tank according to the FPRI report, did not reach the top position as the most trafficked institution.
Here is the top 10:
  1. Heritage Foundation
  2. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  3. Cato Institute
  4. Brookings Institution
  5. Rand Corporation
  6. Center for American Progress (CAP)
  7. United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  8. World Resources Institute (WRI)
  9. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
  10. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
A list of the top 50 most popular think tanks, based on the DC Linktank analysis, can be found here.