BIDPA recognized as a center of excellence
BIDPA recognized as a Center of Excellence
The Think Tanks Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania has recognized the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, (BIDPA) as a Center of Excellence having been ranked the top –think tank in Sub-Saharan Africa for three years, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
In 2020, the Program resolved to exclude any think tank that achieved top ranking in three consecutive years and instead recognize it as a Center of Excellence for having achieved this highest level of distinction. For the next three years, BIDPA will continue to be recognized as a Center of Excellence while being excluded from the ranking. On global rankings, BIDPA was ranked 46, compared to 41 in 2019. The global ranking does not include US Think Tanks.
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. It examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations.
The ranking criteria include, but are not limited to, the following criteria:
the quality and commitment of the think tank’s leadership (chief executive and governing body). This involves effectively managing the mission and programs of the think tank, mobilizing the financial and human resources necessary to fulfill the mission and monitoring the quality, independence, and impact of the think tank. The quality and reputation of the think tank’s staff.
Ability to assemble a critical mass of highly skilled, experienced, and productive scholars and analysts who are recognized as either emerging or established experts in their respective area of research.
The quality and reputation of the research and analysis produced. The ability to produce high quality, rigorous, policy-oriented research that is accessible to policymakers, media and the public.
Ability to recruit and retain elite scholars and analysts
Academic performance and reputation. This involves the academic rigor associated with the research conducted. This includes formal accreditation of a think tank’s scholars and analysts, and the number and type of scholarly publications produced such as: books, journals and conference papers, the number of presentations delivered at scholarly and other professional meetings and the number and type of citations of the think tanks
Scholars’ research in scholarly publications produced by other scholars
The quality, number and reach of its publications
The impact of a think tank’s research and programs on policymakers and other policy actors. Policy recommendations considered or actually adopted by policymakers, civil society or policy actors
Over the last 30 years, the Program has developed and led a series of global initiatives that have helped bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical policy areas such as international peace and security, globalization and governance, international economics, environmental issues, information and society, poverty alleviation, and healthcare and global health. These international collaborative efforts are designed to establish regional and international networks of policy institutes and communities that improve policymaking while strengthening democratic institutions and civil societies around the world.
The Program works with leading scholars and practitioners from think tanks and universities in a variety of collaborative efforts and programs and produces the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index that ranks the world’s leading think tanks in a variety of categories. This is achieved with the help of a panel of over 1,900 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions and governments around the world.
Its goal is to increase the profile and performance of think tanks and raise the public awareness of the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the globe. Since its inception in 1989, the Program has focused on collecting data and conducting research on think tank trends and the role think tanks play as civil society actors in the policymaking process.