The Ranking Process

Early to Mid March: An ‘input letter’ is distributed to expert panelists from the previous year asking for suggestions and constructive criticism.

March through May: A team of interns analyzes incoming responses and makes appropriate changes.

Early June: A letter is sent out to all think tanks asking for expert panel nominations.

Mid June: All nominations for the expert panel are due for consideration by Dr. McGann.

Late June: All known think tanks are asked for the first round of nominations via email and survey link.

Mid August: Think tanks that receive five or more nominations are placed on a rankings ballot and included in an online survey distributed to the entire think tank universe to determine the finalists.

Mid September: An Expert Panel evaluates each nominee based on specific criteria that accounts for the regional biases often encountered in the public policy research.

October-November: The members of the Expert Panel receive information packets by email in order to facilitate the final selection process.

January: Global Go To Think Rankings announced.