The Institute for Public Policy is a Bishkek-based independent organization that was founded in April 2005. It aims at promoting formation of a practice of public policy and development of mechanisms of constructive interaction between state institutions, civil society, mass media and businesses.
In 2008, the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) was awarded the 18th place in the list of the best think tanks in Eastern Europe in the Think Tank Index, published in the U.S..
This rating was made based on a survey of several thousand scientists and experts, who evaluated the results of the leading analytical centers in the world, including the activities of more than 500 centers in Eastern Europe (including most of the post-Soviet states and Russia).
According to the Think Tank Index, in 2008, there were 5, 465 analytical centers, working in 170 countries. In the United States, there were 1,872 research centers, in the West Europe - 1, 208, in Asia - 653, in Latin America and the Caribbean - 538, in Eastern Europe (this included a large part of the post-Soviet states and Russia) - 514, in sub-Saharan Africa - 424, in the Middle East and North Africa - 218, in the Oceania region - 38.
Twenty best research centers in Eastern Europe include the Moscow Carnegie Center (Russia), the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of RAS (Russia), International Centre for Political Studies (Ukraine) and the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. The 18th place in this list was occupied by the Institute for Public Policy (Kyrgyzstan).