National Data Program for the Social Sciences (NDPSS)

Its basic purposes are to 1) gather data on American society  to a) monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes and b) examine the structure and functioning of society in general as well as the role of various sub-groups; 2) compare the United States (US) to other societies to a) place American society in comparative perspective and b) develop cross-national models of human society; and 3) make high-quality data easily accessible to scholars, students, and others with minimal cost and waiting.

These purposes are accomplished by the regular collection and distribution of the General Social Survey (GSS) and its allied surveys in the International Social Survey Program (ISSP). Both the GSS and the ISSP surveys have been efficiently collected, widely distributed, and extensively analyzed by social scientists and others around the world.


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Project Director/Principal Investigator

Tom W. Smith

(773) 256-6288

Co-Principal Investigators

Michael Davern

(312) 357-3770

Jeremy Freese

Michael Hout

Peter Marsden

Senior Staff

Michael Davern

Michael Davern
Executive Vice President of Research