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The main role of a policy research institute is to advance social science research. These groups can be focused on particular policy issues, or can be dedicated to public policy as a whole. To this end, the publications produced by a given policy research institute are usually peer-reviewed and are consistent with academic standards. Policy research institutes are generally transparent about any ideological biases they may hold, though generally less-so than advocacy groups. This type of policy organization usually presents more than one point of view, and doesn’t make claims to speak on behalf of any particular constituency. [Read More...]

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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies popular

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies provides a distinctive Atlantic Canadian voice on public policy. The goal of AIMS is to help people understand how governments operate and make decisions, and how to build a better economy.
http://www.aims.ca

C.D. Howe Institute popular

The C.D. Howe Institute is a social policy research organization that examines issues of national interest. Its research covers a broad range of social and economic policy issues.
http://www.cdhowe.org

Caledon Institute of Social Policy popular

The Caledon Institute is dedicated to finding cost-effective solutions to social problems. Its goal is to fight poverty, ensure social and economic security, and achieve social justice.
http://www.caledoninst.org

Canada West Foundation popular

The Canada West Foundation is dedicated to introducing Western perspectives into current Canadian policy debates. It encourages citizen engagement on current policy issues.
http://www.cwf.ca

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives popular

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives promotes its policies as alternatives to the message that citizens have no choice about the policies that affect their lives. The organization's publications focus on the economy and social justice.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca

Canadian Council of Social Development popular

The mandate of the Canadian Council on Social Development is to develop and promote progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality, and the empowerment of individuals and communities.
http://www.ccsd.ca

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research popular

The Canadian Institute for Advance Research provides funding for researchers studying issues in the sciences and social sciences. It also participates in facilitating this research vis-à-vis the public and private sectors.
http://www.ciar.ca

Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development popular

The mandate of the Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development is to promote informed public debate on issues concerning regional development, and to disseminate objective analyses and information on the subject.
http://www.umoncton.ca/icrpap/

Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies popular

The Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies is a strategic studies research centre. Its mandate is to provide a forum for the strategic implications of major national and international security issues that affect Canada.
http://www.ciss.ca

Canadian Policy Research Networks popular

The Canadian Policy Research Networks is dedicated to fostering a more just, prosperous, and caring society in Canada. It specializes in social and economic policy research, with a focus on the human aspects of policy issues.
http://www.cprn.ca

Canadian Unity Council popular

The Canadian Unity Council serves as a rallying point for thousands of volunteers who believe that a better understanding and greater involvement in issues create increased feelings of national unity.
http://www.cucweb.ca

Centre for Cultural Renewal popular

The mandate of the Centre for Cultural Renewal is to communicate the importance of religions to culture and the importance of culture to religions. Its goal is to address the relationship that exists between public policy vis-à-vis cultural and religious convictions.
http://www.culturalrenewal.ca

Centre for the Study of Living Standards popular

The mandate of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards is research in the area of living standards; it offers perspective on understanding the trends that contribute to policies, while undertaking advocacy on given issues.
http://www.csls.ca

Conference Board of Canada popular

The mission of the Conference Board of Canada is to build leadership capacity for a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy, and organizational performance.
http://www.conferenceboard.ca

Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs popular

The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs has a mission of increasing awareness and understanding of domestic and international issues. Its main activity is a summer conference on a current public policy issue.
http://www.couch.ca

Council of Canadians popular

The Council of Canadians is a citizens’ watchdog organization with over 100,000 members. It has established itself as a voice for Canadian economic sovereignty, and coordinates lobbying activities accordingly.
http://www.canadians.org

Fraser Institute popular

The Fraser Institute is an independent educational organization focused on economic and social research. Its objective is to redirect public attention to the role of free markets in providing for the well-being of Canadians.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca

Frontier Centre for Public Policy popular

The mission of the Frontier Centre is to develop and popularize policy choices that will help Canada’s Prairie region to live up to its vast but unrealized economic potential.
http://www.fcpp.org

GPI Atlantic popular

GPI Atlantic is dedicated to the development of the Genuine Progress Index, a measure of sustainability, well-being, and quality of life.
http://www.gpiatlantic.org

Institute for Research on Public Policy popular

The Institute for Research on Public Policy has a mission to advance new ideas that will help Canadians make more effective policy choices. Its main publication is Policy Options, which covers a broad range of issues.
http://www.irpp.org

Institute on Governance popular

The Institute on Governance was founded to promote effective governance. It focuses on seven principal knowledge areas that pertain to the development of research and educational programs.
http://www.iog.ca

Mackenzie Institute popular

The Mackenzie Institute is concerned with issues related to political instability and organized violence. It is committed to fostering and safeguarding liberal democratic traditions.
http://www.mackenzieinstitute.com

Montreal Economic Institute popular

The Montreal Economic Institute’s mission is to propose original and innovative solutions for the crafting of efficient public policies. It views public policy issues through an economic lens.
http://www.iedm.org

PAR-L (Policy, Action, Research List) popular

PARL-L was founded in 1995 as an e-mail list by the former Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW).
http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L

Parkland Institute popular

The Parkland Institute uses a political economy perspective to study public policy issues affecting Albertans and Canadians. Its mission is to examine market-oriented assumptions to determine their effectiveness.
http://www.ualberta.ca/~parkland/

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