Center of Chinese Think Tank Studies and Evaluation

The Center for Chinese Think Tank Studies and Evaluation, Nanjing University, was established in May 2015. It is a key research institute of the university and one of the key units supported by Jiangsu Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, specializing in think tank studies and talents cultivation.

To meet the demands for think-tank governance of China and Jiangsu Province, the center undertakes various work such as collection and processing of data of think tanks, think-tank evaluation and management consulting with “opening, sharing and service” as its principle.

The center’s staff comprises 18 senior fellows including Yangtze River scholars and the New Century Talents of the Ministry of Education. It also has 15 graduate students. Sun Jianjun, a prominent expert for network measurement and big data, a Yangtze River scholar and dean of the School of Information Management, Nanjing University, serves as the center’s director. Professor LI Gang serves as the center’s acting director and chief expert.

The center developed the first information system for data management of think tanks in China, called the Chinese Think Tank Index (CTTI). It also translated and published some western think tank masterpieces, including Managing Think Tanks, A Capitol Idea, The Idea Brokers and Rand Corporation.

The center has signed a strategic agreement of cooperation with the Center for Think Tank Studies & Release of Guangming Daily and established a cooperation mechanism to carry out think tank research and evaluation. The two sides not only cooperate in data and evaluation of CTTI, but have also launched the compilation project of Guidance for Managing Chinese Think Tank, for which they held the “Forum for Chinese Think Tank Governance.” Besides, the center publishes Think Tank: Theory & Practice in cooperation with the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and this is the first Chinese peer-review journal focusing on think tank research.


Room 403, School of Information Management Building, Nanjing University, 163 Xianlin Avenue, Nanjing 210023, China