11 July 2012
The Social Market Foundation was last night named Prospect Magazine's 2012 Think Tank of the Year at the publication's respected annual think tank awards in London.
The SMF, which also picked up the Economic and Financial Think Tank of the Year award in a separate category, was commended by judges for the rigour of its research, the high quality of its events and its outstanding and original contribution to the debate on economic growth.
Ian Mulheirn, SMF Director said: "It's a fantastic achievement to be named the top UK think tank by Prospect Magazine. At a time of ongoing economic crisis, the need for robust and creative policy solutions which transcend party politics is essential. These awards are therefore a real endorsement of the SMF's analytical depth, timely policy interventions and our nonpartisan approach."
Mary Ann Sieghart, SMF Chair said: “For a small think tank, the SMF punches well above its weight. These awards are a great tribute to Ian and his staff for their imaginative ideas, media savvy, rigour and sheer hard work.”
The award judges - Sir Richard Lambert, The Right Honourable Baroness Vadera PC, Nader Mousavizadeh, Bronwen Maddox, and James Elwes - commented on the topicality and originality of the SMF’s research programme this year, which included papers outlining an innovative plan for growth, an analysis of the Work Programme, and a solution to the childcare affordability problem.
Last night’s awards were the twelfth annual think awards and Prospect reported a record number of entries. The SMF now joins a distinguished list of award recipients, including the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the National Institute for Economic and Social Research and Policy Exchange.
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