University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan is the largest academic social research and survey organization in the world, established in 1949. With an annual research budget of over $80 million, ISR includes more than 250 scientists from many academic disciplines – including political science, psychology, sociology, economics, demography, history, anthropology, and statistics. It has been said to be "the premier center for survey research methodology in the world. There are no close seconds."
ISR comprises five separate but interdependent centers:
- Center for Political Studies (CPS): An interdisciplinary and collaborative social science research unit of international scope, this center analyzes individual political behavior and the role of institutions in contemporary society.
- Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): The world's largest digital social science data archive, this unit has nearly 700 member organizations from around the globe.
- Population Studies Center: One of the oldest population centers in the United States, the PSC works on domestic and international demographic and population research.
- Research Center for Group Dynamics: The RCGD's research programs range from achievement, aggression, and culture and cognition to evolution and human adaptation.
- Survey Research Center: The SRC does interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection and analysis of data from scientific sample surveys.
- Costello, Nancy (31 October 1993). "University of Michigan's Institute Shows What Makes Society Tick". Los Angeles Times.