Monday, December 2, 2013

Launching: Search Engine for Think Tank Policy

A new site is launching which will essentially act as a targeted search engine for think tank policy.  The site, called Find Policy, aims to provide a one-stop-shop for better search results for finding think tank policy than broad-based searches from search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Bing.

Currently, the site is focusing on "four- and five-star research organizations" - in other words, the major think tanks such as the Brookings Institution, Cato Institute, Center for American Progress (CAP), American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Heritage Foundation, New America Foundation (NAF), RAND Corp., Urban Institute, and others.

Criteria for selection can be found here.  It includes think tanks that are freely accessible, politically diverse, sizable, active, and have professional recognition.

There are also specific categories in which one can search, such as those related to climate, economy, development, foreign policy, and health.  The site also offers additional engines for finding policy from around the world, including in Africa, China, the Eurozone, Latin & Central America, South Asia, and the United Kingdom.

The initiator of the site is consultant and think tank expert Hans Gutbrod, and the site is connected to On Think Tank Lab, a collection of ventures by people that are interested in innovative approaches to policy research.

Mr. Gutbrod tells Think Tank Watch that the venture grew out of a number of conversations with a variety of people, and that a number of friends and colleagues have provided input on the launch.

Here is a FAQ about Find Policy, and here is its blog.  Here is the team behind Find Policy.