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.


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.