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About Us

Our Mission

Founded in 2004 with the broad goal of advancing social science research, the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) assures the vitality and competitive advantage of social science research at Stanford, so that faculty and students are equipped to create knowledge that can be used to address critical societal challenges.

At the core of our activity, Stanford IRiSS:

  • Increases the opportunity for exceptional scholarly work on policy-relevant questions;
  • Builds and expands our role as the hub of data resources for the social science disciplines at Stanford;
  • Promotes awareness of the impact of social science research.

Data Driven Discovery for the Social Sciences

Democracy, poverty and inequality, philanthropy, immigration, online learning, and big data are the current foci of the Institute’s six research centers.  This work includes direction of the National Science Foundation sponsored American National Election Studies (shared with Michigan,) and one of only three National Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Stanford IRiSS hosts a branch of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Research Data Center.