Downtown think tank ranks among tops in world for ‘social policy’


The Acton Institute is a think tank in downtown Grand Rapids that says it is "dedicated to connecting good intentions with sound economics." Photo via

A faith-based think tank downtown is being recognized in a set of rankings.

Grand Rapids-based Acton Institute and its Argentine subsidiary, Instituto Acton, are included in the recently released 2016 “Global Go-To Think Tanks Report,” issued by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program has “rigorous ranking criteria”: the quality and commitment of the think tank's leadership; the quality, number and reach of its publications; the think tank's reputation with policymakers; its media reputation; its ability to produce new knowledge; financial stewardship; and the organization's impact on society.

Acton Institute has a mission of promoting “a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”

Acton Institute’s rankings in the report

11th out of 100 in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”

29th out of 90 in “Top Think Tanks in the United States”

156th out of 175 in “Top Think Tanks Worldwide”

8th out of 90 in “Best Advocacy Campaign” for “PovertyCure

24th out of 65 in “Best Think Tank Conference” for Acton University

Instituto Acton ranks 138th out of 148 in “Best Independent Think Tanks”

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