Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) is an independent nonprofit research organization committed to studying United States domestic and foreign policy, with an emphasis on issues related to the American Muslim community. ISPU challenges the shaping of domestic and foreign policies that currently suffers from a lack of American Muslim input.


ISPU was established on the premise that every community must address, debate, and contribute to the pressing issues facing the nation. It is the institute's stated hope that this effort will give voice to the diversity of the United States and provide alternative perspectives to the current policy-making echelons of the political, academic and public-relations arenas of the United States.

Research activities

ISPU's research aims to increase understanding of key policy issues and how they impact various communities within America. Since its inception, ISPU has gained a well respected reputation for being one of the leading institutes in the country that focuses research on Muslims in America.

The institute provides analysis and policy advice through publications, public events, media commentary, and community research. The institute's multidisciplinary approach, in partnership with universities and other research institutes, serves to build understanding and create programs that effect lasting social change.


The ISPU produces scholarly publications that build on the ideas of various communities in the United States.

In May 2007, Farid Senzai, Fellow and Director of Research at ISPU, made comments at a press conference in Washington, DC at which the Pew Research Center released a comprehensive survey of Muslim Americans, describing the attitudes, experiences and demographics of the Muslim community. Senzai served as a member of Pew's outside advisory board on this project. In addition ISPU organized the focus groups that informed the research.

The study was the first ever nationwide survey to attempt to measure rigorously the demographics, attitudes and experiences of Muslim Americans. The survey also contrasts the views of the Muslim population as a whole with those of the U.S. general population, and with the attitudes of Muslims all around the world, including Western Europe. Finally, findings from the survey make important contributions to the debate over the total size of the Muslim American population.

To view a copy of the report, go directly to the Pew Research Center website at

External links

* [ Institute for Social Policy and Understanding]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Institute for Creation Research — Established 1970 Type Young earth creationist Chairman Henry Morris III President John D. Morris Academic staff 4 full time …   Wikipedia

  • Institute for Fiscal Studies — The Institute for Fiscal Studies is a UK economic research institute. It specialises in research on UK taxation and public policy. It is politically independent and produces both academic and policy related findings.Areas of research covered… …   Wikipedia

  • Institute for Canadian Values — The Institute for Canadian Values is a private Canadian think tank promoting conservative social and economic policies. It was founded in March 2005 by a $250,000 gift from a retired trucking magnate named Sidney Harkema. cite news | url =… …   Wikipedia

  • Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy — School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) Established 1926[1] Type Unit of Northwestern University Dean Penelope L. Peterson Academic staff 23 …   Wikipedia

  • Information for Social Change — (ISC) is an international, volunteer based association, whose primary mission is to debate and comment on issues of social justice, censorship, freedom and ethics in the library and information context. Information for Social Change can be… …   Wikipedia

  • Philippine Institute for Development Studies — The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) was created on September 26, 1977. PIDS was established to respond to the critical and growing need for research for planning and policy formulation. In general, PIDS research is envisioned… …   Wikipedia

  • German Institute for Economic Research — Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) Established 1925 Executive Board Gert G. Wagner, Georg Weizsäcker, Cornelius Richter Faculty Economics, Social Science Staff 185 Location Berlin …   Wikipedia

  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development — NICHD logo NIH logo The Eunice Kenne …   Wikipedia

  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies — (政策研究大学院大学, Seisaku Kenkyū Daigakuin Daigaku?), or GRIPS, is a national university in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, founded in 1997. The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is a stand alone graduate school focused on policy studies. As …   Wikipedia

  • Center for Housing Policy — The Center for Housing Policy, is the nonprofit research affiliate of the National Housing Conference (NHC). works to broaden understanding of the nation’s housing challenges and to examine the impact of policies and programs developed to address …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”