Social Research at the University of Michigan
The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan is the world’s largest academic social science survey and research organization. The Survey Research Center is one of five centers within ISR and is an international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection and analysis of data.
If you have been contacted by an interviewer from the University of Michigan, we hope that you will decide to participate. The data collected as part of our studies is widely used by researchers, decision makers and government leaders in the sharing of information and creation of policies that affect all of our lives.
If you have questions or comments about one of our studies, please call 1-800-759-7947. We are available to help you Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. – 7:00pm Eastern Time.
Privacy for Study Participants
All of the research procedures used by the University of Michigan are designed to ensure that your confidentiality is protected at each stage of the research—from data collection to public dissemination. Thorough safeguards are built into everything we do, and all employees who work for our organization sign a Pledge of Confidentiality to adhere to these procedures and safeguards.
University of Michigan Field Interviewer Identification
Whether they contact you in-person or by telephone, all University of Michigan Field Interviewers will clearly identify themselves. In-person, they carry a University of Michigan ID badge which includes their picture and interviewer ID number. If calling to schedule appointments or conduct interviews by telephone, they will identify themselves by their first and last name and provide the name of the study their call is regarding. To confirm the legitimacy of an interviewer, you can our toll-free line at 1-800-759-7947, Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m. – 7:00p.m., Eastern Time.
Some of the field studies conducted at the Survey Research Center include, but are not limited to:
- Health & Retirement Study
- Family Economics Study
- National Survey of Family Growth
- Michigan Recession and Recovery Study
- How Housing Matters
University of Michigan Telephone Interviewer Identification
Telephone interviewers at U of M will identify themselves by their first and last name and the purpose of the study. To confirm the legitimacy of a telephone interviewer, please call 877-556-1542, with the name of the study and the telephone number at which you were contacted.
Some of the telephone studies conducted at the Survey Research Center include, but are not limited to:
- Surveys of Consumer Attitudes
- Monitoring the Future
- Army STARRS-LS
- Health and Daily Life (Family Economics Study)
- Transition to Adulthood (Family Economics Study)