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Process Indicators Modeling

Criteria

  • Institutions and organizations enjoying reputation internationally or domestically, with a certain degree of political, academic or public identification.
  • Think tanks built on a functional structure and operation mechanism, which offers the public access to related information.
  • Competent to attract funds and talents, which guarantee enough intelligence and capital.
  • Having a strong policy-making ability and academic ability, Can obtain relevant information about the think tank from public channels, recognized to be influential.
  • Fraternal relationship with the public, and high evaluation form the society.
  • Results

    According to the select principle of think tanks, through extensive research on global think tanks and current well-known think tank evaluation projects,the team selected 1273 think tanks from the Samples of Global Think Tank and China think tank. Based on the data results, we finally select 338 think tanks to participate in rating rankings.

    In the process of formulating the indicator system, the project team refers to the experience of the main evaluation systems at home and abroad. On the other hand, it combines the uniqueness of the research objectives of this topic, and continuously adjusts according to the data acquisition situation and the feedback of the model trial calculation. The index system has been repeatedly revised several times, and the comparison and screening finally established a feasible evaluation index system for think tank ranking. The evaluation system are composed of three levels of indicators, including: 4 first-level indicators, including Resources (R), Impact (I), Public Image (P),Output (O); secondary indicators correspond to 10 types of first-level indicators; and second-level indicators have 24 third-level indicators.

    Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Data source Description
    Resources (R) Personnel and organizations Number of researchers Institutional homepage Refers to the number of people who specialize in research in institutions. This indicator is used to reflect the research attributes that think tanks should have as a decision-making consulting agency.
    Total number of personnel Institutional homepage Refers to a person who holds a certain position or performs a certain job in an organization. The first indicator reflects the size of the personnel of the agency; second, the research capacity of think tanks is considered through the proportion of researchers in the total number of personnel.
    Time of established Institutional homepage This indicator reflects the history of a think tank, its development from scratch, and its continuous development.
    Output (O) academic_output Number of consecutive publications Institutional home page Refers to publications that have a uniform title, a printed serial number, or a month-by-month serial number, and that are published continuously and indefinitely indefinitely. This indicator reflects the sustainability of think tank research capabilities and academic output.
    Policy output Research project Institutional homepage Refers to a series of unique, complex, and interrelated activities in which the organization conducts scientific and technological research. These activities have a clear goal or purpose and must be completed within the specified time, budget, and resource constraints. This indicator reflects the capabilities of think tanks in carrying out research and decision-making consulting services, and reflects the relationship between the operation of research projects and the influence of think tanks and their sustainable development.
    Research report Institutional homepage Through specific investigations, researches, and analysis, the feasibility and effectiveness of the project are evaluated to provide opinions and countermeasures for decision-making or activities. This indicator reflects the ability of independent think tanks (researchers and teams) to produce their own knowledge products and influence policy development.
    Popularity (P) Times of paper media exposures People's Daily China Digital Garden database retrieval Refers to the number of times the organization appeared in the People's Daily in the past 10 years.
    Washington post ProQuest platform database retrieval Refers to the number of times the agency has appeared in the entire “The Washington Post” over the past 10 years.
    The volume of Well-known search engine searched Google Google homepage Refers to the number of times the organization appears in Google's home search results.
    Baidu Baidu homepage Refers to the number of times the organization appears in the Baidu home search results.
    Number of social media fans Facebook(Number of fans) Facebook homepage Refers to the number of fans the organization has on Facebook.
    Twitter(Number of fans) Twitter homepage Refers to the number of fans the organization has on Twitter.
    WeChat public number WeChat Refers to whether the agency has a WeChat public number.
    Website Impact Factor of Internet Search engine Refers to the ratio of the number of external and internal pages that point to a site within a specified time.
    Website scale Search engine Refers to the website contains the number of pages. The webpage is an important carrier for the influence, preservation, and dissemination of the think tank network's influence. This indicator is an important expression of the level of information resources and intellectual development of think tanks.
    Number of links Search engine Refers to the number of times an agency's website was linked to an external website.
    Ranking of page view(Average of three months) Alexa website Refers to the ranking of the average visits to the organization’s homepage in the last three months.
    Influence (I) Peer review UPenn version ranking “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report” Refers to the ranking of think tanks issued by the University of Pennsylvania.
    Academy of Social Sciences Ranking "Global Think Tank Report" Refers to the ranking of think tanks released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
    Openness Whether to admit visiting scholars Institutional homepage This indicator reflects the degree of openness of the organization.
    Website language version Institutional homepage Refers to the language of the agency's website.
    Results of cooperation WOS database retrieval This indicator reflects the organization's ability to cooperate with foreign countries.
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    Relationship with government and decision makers Revolving door Institutional homepage Refers to the two-way mechanism for the exchange of roles between agencies in the public sector and the private sector. This indicator reflects the interaction between think tanks and governments.

    Using the Pearson correlation coefficient, we found relevant indicators to streamline and fill in the indicators in the system. Through index conversion, normalized data processing, and weighting of indicators, the ranking of each think tank is calculated and ranked.

    Level 1 Level 1 weight Level 2 Level 2 weight Level 1 weight*Level 2 weight
    Resources (R) 0.15 Personnel and organizations 1 0.15
    Output (O) 0.20 academic_output 0 0.00
    Policy output 1 0.20
    Popularity (P) 0.30 Times of paper media exposures 0.3 0.090
    The volume of Well-known search engine searched 0.40 0.1200
    Number of social media fans 0.15 0.0450
    Website 0.15 0.0450
    Influence (I) 0.35 Peer review 0.20 0.0700
    Openness 0.40 0.1400
    Relationship with government and decision makers 0.40 0.1400