The Harvard University Program on Survey Research is an interdisciplinary scientific program within the Institute for Quantitative Social Science which encourages and facilitates research and instruction in the theory and practice of survey research. The primary mission of PSR is to provide survey research resources to enhance the quality of teaching and research at Harvard.
PSR serves as a resource for those interested in scientific survey methods; offers a university-wide clearing house for information and expertise in survey design, administration, and analysis; fosters academic exchange among scholars across many departments and schools at Harvard University; and, promotes and coordinates interdisciplinary research activities.
One of the primary goals of PSR is to create intellectual cross-fertilization between survey methodologists, survey practitioners, survey consumers and social scientists across different departments and schools at Harvard. We sponsor conferences and workshops that bring together survey scholars and survey practitioners in the media, government and commercial sectors. And we offer a variety of resources for students and faculty interested in scientific survey methods, including courses, short workshops and one-on-one advising about survey design, administration and analysis.