July 6, 2015

Commitment to Quality

The C.D. Howe Institute’s reputation for the quality, integrity and objectivity of its policy research and other activities is its chief asset. Analytical rigour, independence and nonpartisanship are core Institute values that inform its approach to research, guide its staff and determine the types of donations it will accept.


C.D. Howe Institute books, Commentaries and E-Briefs undergo a rigorous two-stage review by internal staff, and by outside academics and independent experts. The Institute publishes only studies that meets its standards for analytical soundness, factual accuracy and policy relevance. The Institute subjects its review and publication process to an annual audit by external experts.


As a registered Canadian charity, the C.D. Howe Institute accepts donations to further its mission from individuals, private and public organizations, and charitable foundations. The Institute does not take corporate positions on policy matters. The Institute will accept no donation that stipulates a predetermined result or otherwise inhibits the independence of its staff and authors. The Institute requires that its authors publicly disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest of which they are aware. Institute staff members are subject to a strict conflict of interest policy.


C.D. Howe Institute staff and authors provide policy research and commentary on a non-exclusive basis. No Institute publication or statement will endorse any political party, elected official or candidate for elected office.