PRIISM, the Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology, was established in 2008 and is dedicated to improving the caliber of research in quantitative social, educational, behavioral, allied health, and policy science, both school- and University-wide.

The center is codirected by Drs. Jennifer Hill and Marc Scott, professors of applied statistics, and affiliated with the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities.  Quick link to calendar.

PRIISM's core activities include:

  • Offering cutting-edge applied statistical training in a variety of formats (including, but not limited to, courses and workshops) to an audience that includes both students and faculty.
  • Working with faculty in other schools across the University to establish common requirements for enrollment in advanced course work so that these may be taken across departments and schools seamlessly.
  • Leading and collaborating on externally funded research projects and, through this mechanism, actively training graduate students.
  • Establishing a regular Methods and Seminar Series as well as a biannual "Statistics in Society" lecture in which an applied statistician discusses the ways in which statistics have influenced our understanding of an important social phenomenon (past lectures represented political science, computer science, and health economics).
  • Leading informal discussion groups on select topics. These range from statistics-focused "coffee hours" to paper discussions and topic-based working groups.