On January 31, 2020, the University of Pennsylvania's Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the annual ranking of research and analytical centres of the world, was traditionally presented.
The rating is compiled as part of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program under the leadership of Professor James McGann and is considered the most prestigious world rating of Think Tanks.
The rating is based on the results of a survey of evaluated centres, as well as more than 4 thousand specialists in the field of economic and political research, politicians and journalists. At the final stage, a group of influential experts takes part in the ranking, based on the opinions of which the final ranking takes place. To create the rating, more than 30 different criteria are used such as a quality and reputation of scientific and analytical work, the functional and organisational focus, the “recognition” of centre, holding conferences, briefings and official meetings, as well as a number of nominations for special achievements.
The University of Pennsylvania analysed the activities of 8,248 world think tanks for 2019.
It is important to note that the number of analytical centres participating in the rating increased by 1402 in 2016-2019. 86 of them were added in 2019. For three consecutive years, KAZISS was the single Kazakhstani think tank to be included in the global top-ranking of analytical centres.
As in the previous year, 31 analytical structures that participated in the global ranking represented Kazakhstan.
At the end of 2019, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was recognised as the best think tank in Central Asia.
In the nomination “Top Think Tanks in Central Asia”, the largest number of analytical centres was presented from Kazakhstan: each 5 centres are Kazakhstan (13 out of 63).
A significant breakthrough in 2019 was made by the Institute of Economic Research (IEI) of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, taking 21st place among the "Best Government Analytical Centers", 19th place in the "Best Conference" nomination and 47th place in the "Best Media Use" nomination.
The annual analytical review of “10 most important events in Central Asia in 2019” of the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations was recognised as one of the best analytical works in the category “Best Report in the Field of Political Studies”.
In general, it is worth noting that the positions of Kazakhstan’s think tanks in the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index Report are improving year by year.