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The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute recently released its 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, ranking Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes in the top 10 worldwide among science and technology think tanks, as well as the top university-based science and technology think tank in the U.S.
This is the third consecutive year that the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes has been ranked in the top 10 on this list in both categories, moving up one spot this year to ninth place in the worldwide science and technology think tank category.
“The results of this survey are gratifying in that they help us get the word out about the consortium’s initiatives and impact,” said Daniel Sarewitz, director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. “But of course we will continue to chart our success through our well-trained students, innovative ideas and real-world outcomes.”
Originally founded in 1999 and moved to ASU in 2004, the consortium brings together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and members of the public to develop the knowledge and tools to better understand and assess the linkages between scientific activities, policy decisions and effective outcomes.
“Keeping the company of the institutions at the top of this list is an endorsement of the extreme efforts and great talents of our faculty, staff and students,” said David Guston, co-director of the consortium and founding director of ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. “I’m thrilled on a daily basis to work with such an incredible group.”
ASU created the School for the Future of Innovation in Society in 2015 to provide an academic home for many of the consortium’s faculty and to deliver graduate degree programs that the consortium helped nurture. Aligned with ASU’s broad focus on innovation across disciplines and the design aspirations of a New American University, the school has since introduced undergraduate degree programs to its roster of academic offerings.
Notable recent projects that have solidified the consortium’s thought-leadership status include: