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Atlas Network and many of its partners are among the most highly ranked free-market think tanks in the world, according to the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index, the most widely cited and influential index of think tanks in the world. The Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Fraser Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute all rank within the top 30 think tanks in the world.
Atlas Network appears in 25th place among the top international development think tanks, 23rd among the best-managed think tanks, 19th among the best think tank conferences, eighth among think tanks with the best networks, 21st among those with the best use of social networks, 16th among those with the best external relations programs, 12th among those best using the Internet, 12th among the best independent think tanks, 35th among those with the best quality assurance programs, and 57th among the top think tanks in the United States.
In a new column for Forbes.com, Atlas Network President Alex Chafuen takes a look at this year’s rankings and explores their implications.
"The Go To Index has one of the best explanations on which factors are most important in determining the quality and impact of a think tank," Chafuen wrote. "The index also includes several case studies of vastly diverse think tanks which embarked upon successful efforts to improve and revamp their operations—and can therefore serve as guides for other organizations.”