More than 200 think tanks specialized in the field of climate change economics and policy, an innovative methodology that incorporates a set of 15 indicators to measure the influence and effectiveness of research findings. Released the results of the ICCG’s Climate Think Tank Ranking.
Last year in the beginning it seemed like something new to evaluate climate research centers activities while measuring their scientific productivity and influence in the public sphere. At this second edition the ICCG’s Climate Think Tank Ranking has stepped forward and has incorporated important methodological improvements enabling it a even more accurate assessment. The top think tank was recently announced by ICCG Director Carlo Carraro during the plenary session on “Challenges and Policies for a Low Carbon Future” of the Fifth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (Istanbul, Turkey, June 28 – July 2, 2014): the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC ) showed a good positioning while ranking as one of the most influent climate research centers.
The ranking includes more than 200 think tanks specialized in the field of climate change economics and policy, which figured in the 2013 Think Tank Map observatory as of December 10, 2013. It was assessed on a set of 15 indicators structured in three main pillars: Activities, Publications and Dissemination to measure respectively the influence of research findings on policy, managerial and professional practices, social behavior or public discourse; the research output in terms of peer-reviewed publications and working papers / reports / policy briefs; the initiatives of dissemination through international events and web channels.
A methodology that allowed a more accurate and detailed analysis while building two different rankings: the Standardized Ranking and the Absolute Ranking. The Standardized Ranking standardized all the think tank activity outputs in 2013 by the number of their researchers, following the criteria of per capita productivity. The Absolute Ranking considered all the think tank activity outputs produced in 2013 in absolute terms.
The CMCC showed an excellent positioning in both of the rankings (among the top twenty in the Absolute Ranking and among the top fifty in the Standardized Ranking), whereas the highest-rated think tank was the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), an U.S., private, non-profit environmental research organization.