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Our ultimate goal: to improve social welfare by informing and influencing decision-making in the public and private sectors. Along the way, we are leading a creative revolution in how scientists conduct social science and economic research through the use of innovative technology. Tomorrow is here, today.

Understanding America Study

The USC Understanding America Study (UAS) is creating an in-depth portrayal of the people in the U.S.--their daily lives and their opinions. This 6,000 Internet panel is yielding insights and information of significant value to policy makers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, opinion pollsters, social science researchers, corporations and more. More


A number of articles were released this month in the Los Angeles Times surrounding work on the Understanding America Study poll:

·       Prop 10, which would expand rent control, is in 'deep trouble,' poll shows Liam Dillon (October 19, 2018)

·       Initiative to repeal gas tax is falling short, according to ...More


February 11, 2019“Stigma and the Impact of Mental Health Care in India"

February 19, 2019"The study of American politics as a window into understanding uncertainty in science"