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Think Tanks are institutes that conduct research and advocacy on specific topics, like social policy and health care. Think tanks matter because they influence policy in a variety of ways including testifying before Congress, media appearances, and funded research projects. Visit a think tank's website to get ideas about policy issues on the forefront.
Always read the "About" section to determine whether a particular Think Tank will be a good resource. Transparency is key. Determine whether the Think Tank discloses:
- Financial information
- Funding sources
- Leadership information
- Their Annual Report
- Their Mission Statement
- Who quotes their work
- The tone and tenor of their site
- Their focus--political, economic, aid, etc.
The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
The Cato Institute
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization 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.
The Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.
TH Chan Department of Health Policy and Management
The Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is dedicated to improving the health care delivery system and mitigating public health risks in the United States and abroad.
The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation advocates for individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise, traditional American values, and a strong national defense to protect at all.
Private foundations generally support the work on public charities through grants, rather than administering their own programs. Institutes typically perform research, which can be funded by grants from foundations.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
RWJF offers grants to researcher working to grow understanding of health challenges in the US. Find publications resulting from those grants in their library.
Leonard David Institute of Health Economics (LDI)
LDI is a research institute with the University of Pennsylvania system that focuses on research to improve the nation's health system by informing policies critical to financing and management.
Journals by Subject in Browzine
Browzine brings journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms into a single place, where you can save your favorite journals, view the tables of contents, and read or save articles as new issues are released. Browzine can help you:
- Keep up to date on relevant journals
- Read through your favorite journals on your tablet or smartphone
- Maintain your own electronic bookshelf that brings content to you
It is NOT designed for in-depth research. You will still need to use the databases for literature searches.
Coalitions and Consortiums
Texas Public Health Coalition
From their website: The Texas Public Health Coalition consists of more than 30 health professional organizations and health-focused organizations dedicated to disease prevention and health promotion. The coalition works to reduce preventable disease by advancing effective public policies that promote a safe and healthy environment and healthy behaviors for all Texans.
Look here for useful one-sheet summaries of health economic issues with cited statistics.
Inter-University Consortium for Policital and Social Research (ICPSR)
From their website: ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
Knowledge @ Wharton
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to sharing its intellectual capital through Knowledge@Wharton, the school’s online business analysis journal.
Health Services Research PubMed Queries
This page provides specialized PubMed searches on healthcare quality and costs.