The top 40 think tanks by website popularity

Here’s the (updated) top 40 most well-known UK think tanks ranked by the popularity of their websites (according to Alexa.com). The number in brackets is the global popularity ranking of the website.

  1. The RSA (115,276)
  2. Chatham House (184,918)
  3. The Overseas Development Institute (224,804)
  4. Adam Smith Institute (245,629)
  5. new economics foundation (258,708)
  6. Joseph Rowntree Foundation (402,928)
  7. The Institute of Development Studies (407,307)
  8. ResPublica (519,065)
  9. The Young Foundation (531,207)
  10. IPPR (545,712)
  11. The King’s Fund (549,430)
  12. Ekklesia (587,949)
  13. Open Europe (596,395)
  14. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (750,728)
  15. Institute for Economic Affairs (793,598)
  16. Civitas (802,873)
  17. Demos (818,733)
  18. The Work Foundation (1,378,491)
  19. Policy Exchange (1,387,435)
  20. New Philanthropy Capital (1,409,356)
  21. National Institute Economic Research (NIESR) (1,601,702)
  22. The Institute for Government (1,724,245)
  23. Centre for Local Economic Strategies (1,965,958)
  24. Social Market Foundation (1,995,554)
  25. Runnymede (2,140,813)
  26. The Fabian Society (2,163,876)
  27. Compass (2,248,832)
  28. Foreign Policy Centre (2,393,283)
  29. Centre for Cities (2,411,640)
  30. Resolution Foundation (2,728,050)
  31. Centre for Policy Studies (2,785,876)
  32. Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) (2,866,152)
  33. Involve (3,006,163)
  34. Centre for Social Justice (3,164,534)
  35. New Local Government Network (3,471,930)
  36. Transform Drug Policy Foundation (3,863,400)
  37. Theos Think Tank (4,128,032)
  38. Policy Studies Institute (4,183,046)
  39. Sports Think Tank (4,594,213)
  40. International Longevity Centre – UK (4,616,285)

And: British Future (4,778,818); CentreForum (6,598,451); Reform (6,676,968); The Smith Institute (11,194,237); Race on the Agenda (ROTA) (16,803,917); Politeia (no data); RAND Europe (no data – in this case because the site is part of the US ‘parent’).

For comparison:

  • If Conservative Home (125,821) was a think tank, it would be the second most popular think tank in the UK;
  • Left Foot Forward (260,894) would be the sixth most popular think tank;
  • And Mumsnet (10,158) would be the most popular think tank by a long way.

(The rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past 3 months. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1. A more detailed methodological note on how Alexa calculates its traffic ranks can be found here).

And this development blog is ranked 5,247,212 .


3 Comments on “The top 40 think tanks by website popularity”

  1. as youve now included us in the twitter follower rankings (thanks), Transform should probably also appear in this one too. Our alexa ranking is 3,863,400 – which puts us at 36 (not bad for a super niche think tank), and means center forum slip out of the top 40.


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