The Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation is the source of prompt expert views on a wide range of socio-economic development issues of the country.
The efforts of the Analytical Center are concentrated on providing operational, informational and analytical support; expert support of government’s decisions on major issues of socio-economic development in the areas of finance, transport, industry, utilities, natural resources, environmental protection, education, health, innovation, information technologies, etc. Particular attention is paid to energy, fiscal policy, agriculture and strategic planning, in which the Analytical Center has established itself as a center of expertise.
The Analytical Center was established in December 2005 and became the successor of the Working Center for Economic Reforms at the Government of the Russian Federation and the Center for Economic Forecasting at the Government of the Russian Federation. These centers were established in the early 1990s to replace the main computer center of the USSR State Planning Committee, which existed from 1959 to 1991.
The new structure was given the task of making recommendations and proposals on priority issues of economic policy and economic reforms, information-analytical support of the government, examination of concepts and programs for socio-economic development of the country, and short-term forecasting. In accordance with these tasks, the Analytical Center has monitored the implementation of the guidelines and projects of the Government Commission under the President of the Russian Federation on modernization and technological development of the Russian economy since 2008. The center monitors, collects and makes comprehensive analysis of the socio-economic development of the country, with the use of its own information and analytical tools. The center carries out long-term strategic forecasting and analyzes the possible effects of development projects and programs on the development of the country, including the use of international experience.
The Analytical Center is actively involved in the life of the expert community, working with Russian regions, national and international organizations and research centers. Representatives of the federal and regional governments, businesses, NGOs, trade unions and associations, discuss the pressing issues of the country – in total, more than 2,000 people in Russia and more than 100 people abroad. With their participation, the Analytical Center holds regular roundtables, expert discussions, seminars and other events.
For the second year in a row the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation is referred to by experts of the University of Pennsylvania in their annual Global Go-To Think Tank Index of think tanks. In 2013 the Analytical Center was 48th among the think tanks dealing with social policy and 17th in the rating of advanced think tanks (Think Tanks to Watch). At year-end 2014 the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation was ranked among the top 50 think tanks of Central and Eastern Europe also improved its position in the category “Think Tanks to Watch”.