What do prominent commentators say on key topics?

Sometimes you want to look up information that’s not classical think tank research (quite yet), but may still relate to public policy. Say you want a broader take on cycling in cities. Think tanks go deep, but sometimes you want people to go fast, or broad.

For this purpose, we have a search page that focuses on wonks – people that follow policy and publish regularly. Search results below.

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The outlets we cover, in random order: Washington MonthlyVox (including Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias), Andrew SullivanNew Republic, Kevin Drum/Mother JonesAtlantic MonthlyTyler CowenThe American InterestSlate, Jonathan Chait/NY MagazineBrad De LongFiveThirtyEight and the New America Foundation. The search page also covers the outlets which Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein previously wrote for. 

Accurate search terms and toggling for date can be useful, to get the best results. Note that again this is not perfect as a search tool -- but it still gets you widely cited commentators and outlets in a single search window. Want to check it out? Go here

Brexit - What Do Leading Think Tanks Say?

What do the world's leading think tanks say about Brexit? Our Foreign Policy search page allows you to check, in a single go.

As always, if you want more detailed results, refine your search terms (economy, foreign policy, trade).

But what about British think tanks? Tucked away behind More Search we can also look at UK research.

Again, toggling and narrowing down of search terms can be useful. 

So next time you want to engage in debate on Brexit, you can have the latest research at your fingertips. Want to check it out? Go right here

Adding Institutions: ECFR & IWP Ukraine

We have just added two institutions to respective search pages: the European Council of Foreign Relations to Foreign Policy, and the Institute of World Policy (Kyiv) to Ukraine

Further suggestions on which institutions to add? Let us know (Twitter is easiest). We are also happy if anyone wants to contribute to let even more people know about Find Policy. We have moderate user numbers so far. We keep this thing running, because we find it ultra-useful in accessing think tank research for our own purposes. So input always welcome. 

New here? Interested in policy? If you want something specialized, take a closer look at More, where you can search international institutions, consulting firms, foreign policy experts -- all in a single window. Interested more generally? Try a foreign policy sample search here

Agricultural Insurance in Developing Contexts

Given that we don't post very often, people who come to this page may have rightly concluded that we have lots of other things going on. Indeed. But we are, in fact, using Find Policy all the time for our own purposes. Right now we are working on an awareness campaign regarding agricultural insurance. So we need to understand what works in that field, and what doesn't. We don't want to reinvent the wheel, and when talking to the relevant government agency, we need to have a thorough understanding of the issue.

In such meetings it's beyond our control whether we are the smartest people in the room, and it's not our ambition in the first place. But it IS our ambition to be the best prepared people in the room, the ones that have done their homework.

Thus, the search:

The studies already give a great insight. Interested in other angles? Checkout the Public Policy search, focusing on big US think tanks. Tucked away under the More tab, there is search of all major donor agencies. Another set of rich pickings. And thus, in a few minutes, we have the information in hand to broadly understand the field, the major discussions, and be briefed up for our project.

Want to try it out? To search major development donors, for example, go here



Russia and Syria: the Latest Analysis

What to make of Russia's engagement in Syria? To sample opinions of leading think tanks, we check the Foreign Policy search page. 

"Russia Syria bombing" brings the best search results. ("Russia Syria" brings about almost anything that lists countries.) Toggle for date, and you have the latest analysis right there in your hands.

Try the search page here, follow us on Twitter and even better, let other people know about us. 

"End of Transition" - Finding this on Find Policy

Today a friend asked on whether post-Soviet transition was over. I thought it was, for a number of reasons. He then asked whether I had any reference, to substantiate the point. There will be plenty of scholarly references, but in addition, it's good to see what think tanks say. If the argument has been made in ways that are cogent for policy makers, this is a great point of reference.

And indeed, right there a result we can immediately use, from the Carnegie Endowment.  That's why Find Policy can be a great resource, when you are looking for quality sources on important issues. 

Any terms you are looking for? Try a search: www.findpolicy.org