Well-known for periodical research output, such as the Austrian contribution to the European Social Survey, the quarterly Economic Forecast, the triannual National Report on Education, and the annual Student Social Survey, IHS aligns its research strategy along present and future societal challenges. For this, the Institute is ideally suited, covering a range of disciplines and topics in the social sciences, and offering a unique breadth of methods (in particular: causal identification of effects, triangulation, dealing with big data, evaluation of policy actions and programs, experiments in the social sciences).

IHS offers social scientific and economic expertise in areas that are of crucial and lasting importance for maintaining a thriving society in Austria and Europe: continuing and expanding prosperity, efficient public services, and democratic legitimacy of socio-political decisions. Three research priorities have been developed to orientate the Institute’s contributions going forward. The priorities relate to the topics covered by the research units established at IHS, and provide points of intersection between those; ongoing research projects are also contributing to these priorities. The priorities aim at deepening the interdisciplinary expertise within the Institute and to accelerate the collaboration between research units (see figure for a schematic depiction).