Think Twice Think Tank Review Project

The Think Twice Think Tank Review Project provides the public, policymakers, and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected think tank publications.  Reviewers for the project apply academic peer review standards to reports from think tanks and write brief reviews for the project website. They are asked to examine the reports for the validity of assumptions, methodology, results, and strength of links between results and policy recommendations. The reviews, written in non-academic language, are intended to help policy makers, reporters, and others assess the merits of the reviewed reports. The Think Twice Think Tank Review Project is made possible by funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

To learn more about the Think Twice Think Tank Review Project, you are invited to read the following two commentaries published in Education Week:

Truthiness in Education: Why the Bunkum Awards Were Created

At a time when America’s education policymakers have nominally embraced the idea of tying school reform to "scientifically based research," many of the nation’s most influential reports are little more than junk science. A hodgepodge of private "think tanks" at both the state and national levels wield significant and very often undeserved influence in policy discussions by cranking out an array of well-funded and slickly produced – yet ideologically driven – research. ... See the full article by clicking on the above link.

The Privatization Infatuation

In 2007, the second year of our Think Tank Review Project (thinktankreview.org), we reviewed 18 think tank reports about education policy. Time after time, our reviewers identified analyses that led inexorably to a privatization prescription. Even reports that offered a reasonable analysis of the No Child Left Behind Act or the dropout problem suddenly and groundlessly identified as the key policy implication of their findings the need for vouchers or other forms of privatization. ... See the full article by clicking on the above link.

 

"This is such a valuable service that you folks provide.  I use your reviews in all of my classes.  I can talk about the policy process until I’m blue in the face, but when I give them the original report to read, and then the review from your shop, they begin to see the construction of a policy position in a way I could never explain it otherwise.  I just saw the new one come into my email, and I want to send a quick note telling you how very much I appreciate the work you do and how valuable I think your reviews of the “think tanks” papers are."

·  Purdue University Professor William D. McInerney

 

 


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NON SEQUITUR (c) 2007 Wiley Miller. Dist. By UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.