Organization Background

The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) is one of the largest and oldest academic survey and social research organizations in the world. The ISR is dedicated to social science in the public interest. For more than 50 years, the ISR has advanced public understanding of human behavior through empirical research of extraordinary depth and breadth. Representing the disciplines of psychology, political science, economics, anthropology and public health, ISR research scientists have directed some of the longest running and most widely cited and utilized studies in the nation.

These include: Survey of Consumer Attitudes, a monthly survey of consumer sentiment and expectations, conducted since 1946; National Election Studies, a biennial survey and analysis of voter behavior and attitudes, started in 1948; Panel Study of Income Dynamics, an annual study of income change and behavior in American families, conducted since 1968; Monitoring the Future Study, an annual survey of lifestyles and substance use among adolescents and young adults, launched in 1975; National Survey of American Life, a survey of the physical, emotional, mental, structural, and economic conditions of African Americans at the beginning of the new century; Health and Retirement Study, a biennial survey of the health, wealth and well-being of older Americans, started in 1992; World Values Surveys, a worldwide investigation of social, cultural and political change, carried out in more than 65 societies.


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