Statement of International Policy Network’s Independence and Guiding Principles
- International Policy Network (IPN) is a nonprofit research and educational organisation, supported by charitable gifts from individuals, foundations and businesses.
- IPN’s work is motivated and guided by principles. We hold that the institutions of the free society are the best way to empower individuals, to promote respect for people and property, and thereby to eliminate poverty, improve human health and protect the environment.
- IPN implements a research and advocacy agenda that encompasses not one or a few, but many public policy issues.
- IPN’s work stands on its own merit, through the scholarly integrity of our authors, rigorous documentation of findings, and a peer review process appropriate to ensure quality.
- IPN develops its research and advocacy agenda independently, through internal research and brainstorming. On the basis of this agenda, we produce fundraising proposals, which are then submitted to potential donors.
- IPN’s agenda is neither dictated nor compromised by outside financial sources. We are never a “front group” for any donor or industry.
- IPN does not accept contributions intended to “purchase” a predetermined research outcome or in any way compromise the intellectual integrity of our work.
- IPN does not accept contributions from governments or political parties.
- IPN is nonpartisan. Our work is made available to the public without regard to political party affiliation. We do not endorse candidates or parties. We offer praise or criticism in accordance with our findings and principles, and without regard to political affiliation.
- IPN is committed to the free flow of information and a spirited debate that focuses on ideas, not personalities.
This statement is adapted from ‘Guiding Principles for Think Tanks’ compiled by Jeff Judson and Lawrence Reed.