The Institute for Scientific Analysis (ISA) is the research division of Scientific Analysis Corporation (SAC), a nonprofit corporation formed more than forty years ago dedicated not only to the study of social problems but also to the application of research findings in the service of solutions to those problems. Over the years, we have sponsored more than one hundred research projects, contributing to policy debates in a broad range of social issues including poverty, social welfare, education, crime and delinquency, mental health, race and ethnicity, gender, child development, aging, violence, AIDS, substance abuse, and health disparities among different groups in our society.

The Computer-assisted Survey Methods (CSM) group develops, distributes, and supports the two main products– CASES and SDA. CASES is a software package used to manage the collection and processing of survey-type information. Current and previous versions of CASES have been one of the most frequently used data collection systems in the United States and have been used in several countries around the world for over 30 years. SDA is a software package for the documentation and Web-based analysis of survey data and was designed to produce analysis results very quickly. SDA online analysis has been used by thousands of researchers and students around the world.  CSM’s funding primarily comes from the Association for Computer-assisted Surveys (ACS), an international consortium of survey-related organizations that use CSM software. To know more detail about joining membership or obtaining CASES or SDA software, visit: cases.berkeley.edu

The Center for Critical Public Health (CCPH) at the Institute for Scientific Analysis is a research group committed to shifting the rules of engagement in public health. Research conducted at the CCPH centers the multiple experiences, values, and beliefs of people whose voices are often left at the margins, considering the extent to which public health practice and policy-making are aligned with the everyday lives of people who experience health inequities. CCPH funding comes primarily from the National Institutes of Health and the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. In addition to conducting research, the CCPH also hosts an internship program to provide training in qualitative research and methods as well as critical public health approaches.