The Institute for Social Research


Founded in 1989, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) conducts public opinion surveys, performs program/policy evaluations, and provides a comprehensive list of data analytic services (both quantitative and qualitative) for government agencies, non-profits, and the academic community. A multidisciplinary social science organization, the ISR has extensive experience in all areas of research design, data collection, data analysis, consulting, and data management. Our projects have enhanced decision making, improved the use of resources, ensured program fidelity, and advanced the overall quality of programs/policies designed to address various social problems.


Above all else, our staff, faculty associates, and consortium partners adhere to high standards of quality, transparency and research ethics -- working to provide clients with clear, objective, actionable information that serves our communities.


ISR is part of the Policy, Evaluation and Research Consortium (PERC) at Sacramento State.


Now Hiring Telephone Interviewers


The ISR is set to begin new research projects very soon and is looking for students and other qualified persons to conduct telephone interviews. Interviewers will develop social science research data collection skills from an applied research organization that can be added to a resume. Interviewers will be expected to ask questions from a survey and enter responses into a computer. Prospective applicants need to have strong active listening skills, be able to read from a script, basic computer skills and comfort, have excellent verbal communication skills and a pleasant speaking voice. Previous experience is not necessary and you will receive (paid) training in order to learn how to use the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) software and conduct telephone interviews. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants, please send your resume to University Enterprises, Inc. at this link; and direct any questions you have to James Pope, or Allison Musvosvi at


Sac State study: Californians aren’t savvy about local politics, issues


"Sacramento State researchers have found that Californians are poorly informed about local politics and have unrealistic expectations when it comes to government spending in their communities." View the full report here!


The ISR Inaugural Newsletter!


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A Message from the Director


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California Elections Data Archive (CEDA)


CEDA is a joint project of the Center for California Studies, the ISR and the Office of the California Secretary of State. The CEDA report provides a single repository of local election data summarizing candidate and ballot measure results for county, city, community college and school district elections. We have recently released the 2013 CEDA report which is available for your reading pleasure here.