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The Institute for Social Research houses the largest university-based survey research centre in Canada. We provide expert consulting in social statistics, teach a range of short courses on statistics and social research, and operate York’s Research Data Centre.

Annually, ISR conducts more than 25 survey research projects by telephone, mail and the web, in research areas that include population health, education, social service delivery, gender, the environment and voting behaviour. ISR also conducts a range of qualitative research, including focus group studies. Institute staff perform all stages of the survey research process from questionnaire design, sample selection and data collection to the preparation of computer data files, statistical analysis and report writing.

ISR’s Statistical Consulting Service provides consultation on data analysis and offers regular courses on statistical methods and software packages. The Institute also presents a series of short courses on survey methods and qualitative research each spring.