• Policy research and debate

about us

The Institute of Public Policy Thomas Jefferson-Correia da Serra (IPP) is a non-profit association, an independent think tank.

IPP aims to promote a society in which public debate and policy-making processes are more rigorous and informed

The mission of IPP, the pursuit of which governs all activities, is to contribute to improving the analysis and public discussion of public institutions and policies with particular emphasis on Portugal and Europe, through the pursuit and dissemination of relevant research.

IPP aims to promote a society in which public debate and policy-making processes are more rigorous and informed, both key elements for more effective and sustainable institutions and public policies that may promote better democratic deliberation.

The activities of IPP are independent of any economic, social, political, religious or other interests.


The fulfillment of the mission of IPP, from a multidisciplinary perspective that encompasses Economics, Political Philosophy, Political Science and other social sciences, involves the following key activities:

  • Conducting studies on economic and social policy;
  • The dissemination of knowledge generated internally and by other entities, national or foreign, through publications, online media and others;
  • The promotion of moments of debate through conferences, seminars, public debates or other similar activities;
  • Participation in the public debate through the press, online media, television and others;
  • The strengthening of scientific and cultural exchange among researchers and institutions between Portugal and Europe, the United States of America and the Portuguese-speaking countries


IPP is named after Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America and the main writer of the Declaration of Independence, and his great friend Abbey Correia da Serra, Minister with full powers (“plenipotenciário”) of the then Kingdom of Portugal and Brasil in the United States. Their lives and their relationship symbolize the values of IPP: friendship, reciprocity, solidarity, search for knowledge, and quest for the common good in their respective countries. Furthermore, IPP values transparency, accountability and public deliberation as essential ingredients of the performance of good institutions. IPP will contribute to Open Societies (including Open Governments), Individual Liberties and Social Justice within pluralistic views about the meanings of “liberties” and “justice”.

Being an association, IPP receives annual associate quotas from its individual and institutional members. IPP can also receive grants or subsidies from local, regional, national or international authorities, donations from foundations or other private entities, and funding associated with specific research projects.