Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Advancing Research • Shaping Policy • Developing Leaders


The ISPS KnowledgeBase is the gateway to all ISPS data, projects, and publications. It is an integrated database which provides aone-stop-shop for I SPS-related research products.

Search the KnowledgeBase or browse recent additions.

Yale ISPS KnowledgeBase

ISPS Research Support

ISPS aims to support its affiliates – faculty, post docs, graduate students, and fellows – in all their research needs in support of the ISPS mission to advance interdisciplinary research in the social sciences that aims to shape public policy and inform democratic deliberation.

Research Planning

Have questions about how to acquire data? Data use agreements? Where to store your data? How to write a data management plan?

Guide to Research Data Management (via the Center for Science and Social Science Information)

Research Data Consultation Group: A collaborative, university-wide group that responds to service requests and inquiries from researchers at any stage in the data lifecycle.

Field Experiments Initiative: ISPS provides guidance on field experiments and funds research proposals for important and well-crafted experiments.

Yale research policies and guidelines.

Active Research

Have questions about tools for sharing your work with collaborators? Need help with statistical analysis? Help with learning more about Python? 

Stat Lab: Consultants can advise on how to enter data; what statistical program is best for a project; how to get a program to run a certain analysis, and more.

Computing resources and training (via Yale Center for Research Computing), including High Performance Computing (HPC): Graduate students and ISPS affiliates can can now request access to the ISPS high performance computing account for independent research projects. Contact Limor Peer for details.

Research Publication

Have questions about how to comply with open data requirements? Need help enhancing the reach and impact of your research?

The ISPS Data Archive: A repository for digital files associated with scholarly studies conducted by ISPS-affiliated researchers, including data, code, and associated materials underlying the published results. ISPS helps you fulfill open data requirement and provides pre-publication data curation and code review services.

Research Communication: ISPS helps disseminate your work! The ISPS website hosts a publications database and a well-received blog: Lux et Data. ISPS also posts news items and sends out a monthly newsletter. Contact Tory Bilksi.

Any questions or suggestions? Contact Limor Peer.

Research Funding

ISPS invites proposals for important and well-crafted field experiments in the social sciences and related policy issues. Field experiments are fully-randomized research designs in which observations found in a naturalistic setting – voters, patients, welfare recipients, community organizations, government entities, and the like – are assigned to treatment and control conditions (see more here).

> Apply for a field experiment grant

> Additional funding opportunities

Field Experiments Initiative

In 2001, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies announced an initiative designed to encourage field experimentation in the social sciences at Yale. The term ‘field experiment’ refers to fully-randomized research designs in which observations found in a naturalistic setting — voters, patients, welfare recipients, community organizations, government entities, and the like — are assigned to treatment and control conditions. Read more..

Special Projects:ESI

ESI The Economic Security Index (ESI) measures the share of Americans who experience a major drop in their available family income — whether due to a decline in income or a spike in medical spending — and who lack an adequate financial safety net to catch them when they fall. The ESI shows that economic insecurity disproportionately affects the less advantaged, but has risen substantially for all Americans. Read more…

Special Projects: Behavioral Research Lab

The Behavioral Research Lab (BRL) is a place for scholars from across Yale to conduct rigorous research in a controlled setting. Researchers will be able to deliver rich media content, conduct behavioral games, and field surveys in sessions held at the BRL. Participants will learn about important social scientific questions and techniques while being compensated for their time. The BRL connects scholarly research with the broader goals of ISPS, deepening our understanding of behavior and its consequences for politics and public policy. Read more…