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Public Policy


  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
    Independent, non-partisan research institute.
    Aboriginal issues, children and youth, education, employment, energy, environment, health care, pensions, and more.
  • Canadian Policy Research Networks
    National, independent, non-profit research organization.
    Concerned with policy in four major areas: family, health, public involvement, and work.
  • C.D. Howe Institute
    National, independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan economic and social policy research institution.
    Interests include monetary policy, government finance, international and interprovincial trade, the environment, health care, social policies.
  • Conference Board of Canada
    Independent, not-for-profit applied research organization.
    Public policy areas include health and health care, knowledge management, education and learning, trade, investment policy, international cooperation, regulatory policy and taxation. Register for free access to most publications from the e-Library.
  • The Fraser Institute
    Independent organization that presents market solutions to economic problems. Publishes Fraser Forum.
    Interests include welfare reform, privatization, taxation, free trade, government debt, education, environment, poverty, deregulation, health care, labor markets, economic restructuring, and the role of government.
  • Institute for Research on Public Policy
    Independent, nonpartisan think tank. Publishes Policy Options.
    Demography, immigration, aging, family policy, health care, education, income inequality, labour, security, telecommunications, and more.

United States

  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
    Private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.
    Health, environment, education, and more.
  • Brookings Institution
    One of Washington's oldest think tanks, an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education. Publish a number of journals on topics below. All the journals are available online through UBC Library's subscription to Project Muse.
    Business, defence, economics, education, environment and energy, governance, science and technology, social policy.
  • Cato Institute
    Non-profit public policy research foundation. The institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of more options that are consistent with the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty and peace. Publishes Cato Journal.
    Criminal justice, security, education and child policy, environment, health care, social security, welfare and workforce, and more.
  • RAND Corporation
    Nonprofit institution that helps improve public policy through research and analysis. Publishes Rand Review and more.
    The arts, child policy, civil justice, education, environment and energy, health, international affairs, national security, population and aging, public safety, science and technology, substance abuse, terrorism, transportation, workforce and workplace.

International and NGOs

  • Chatham House
    "A world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all."
  • European Policy Centre
    The EPC is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank, committed to making European integration work.
  • Institute for Public Policy Research
    Leading UK independent think tank on the centre-left. Publishes Public Policy Research.
    Research areas include: arts, culture, media & sport, children & families, democracy, governance & citizenship, economy and business, education, environment, health & social care, housing & communities, human rights, migration & integration, tax, welfare & public finance, technology, transport and more.
  • Policy Studies Institute
    PSI is a non-partisan institute that undertakes and publishes research relevant to social, environmental, and employment policies. Published Policy Studies.
  • World Bank Working Papers
    The Working Papers collections covers public policy in the areas of social and economic development. They are accessible for free on the web.