INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL POLICY AND UNDERSTANDING

Research Making an Impact

aka ISPU   |   Dearborn, MI   |  http://www.ispu.org

Mission

ISPU provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making. Since 2002, ISPU has been at the forefront of discovering data, trends and opportunities related to American Muslim communities. Our research aims to educate the general public and enable community change agents, the media, and policymakers to make evidence-based decisions. In addition to building in-house capacity, ISPU has assembled leading experts across multiple disciplines, building a solid reputation as a trusted source for information for and about American Muslims.

Notes from the nonprofit

ISPU's research principles ensure that our research is relevant and useful. These are:
• Collaborative: We actively seek to work with, not in competition against, others in the field.
• Actionable: We conduct research to find solutions that are realistic and implementable.
• Rigorous: Our research is objective, thorough, and evidence-based.
• Responsive: We conduct research on what is relevant to the American Muslim community.
• Visionary: We continuously look for emerging challenges and opportunities.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Meira Neggaz

Director of Research

Dalia Mogahed

Main address

6 Parklane Blvd Suite 510

Dearborn, MI 48126 USA

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EIN

38-3633581

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

Social Science Research Institutes, Services (V20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ISPU was founded in the wake of the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks, a time that generated much commentary about Muslims both in the United States and abroad. Our founders recognized that journalists, government officials, and the general public increasingly sought to educate themselves about Muslims. However, the scarcity of reliable data or sound policy analysis often made it challenging to get data on Muslim attitudes, institutions, or practices, a challenge that persists today. ISPU was created to fill this major information gap.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Discovering through Research

Through rigorous and timely research, we discover new data, trends and opportunities. Our publications, including our regular American Muslim Poll, provide much-needed insight into issues impacting not just Americans who are Muslim but all individuals working toward the promise of pluralism.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We share what we learn through our research and findings to educate the general public and raise awareness. We reach millions of people every year through in-person and digital education events, exhibits, convenings, media coverage, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide evidence based resources, workshops and toolkits for journalists, policymakers, community leaders, teachers, advocates, and others to use in their own important work. Our strategy of equipping others multiplies our impact as the data lives on in the work of those who catalyze change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

BBB WISE 2019

Awards

2020 Board Leadership Award 2020

Center for NonProfit Advancement

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

# of national, state, and local policymakers and community leaders with new resources and information

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Equipping Decision Makers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of media appearances/mentions of ISPU research

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Related Program

Informing the Public

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of research studies conducted

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Related Program

Discovering through Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of institutions that we train on our research

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Equipping Decision Makers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

# of people directly reached with original research and analysis

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Informing the Public

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Today, through research and education activities, ISPU aims to generate a foundation of fact, educate the general public and equip community change agents, the media, and policymakers to take evidence-based actions and decisions.

And this is vital, urgent and necessary because facts are fuel. Sound research informs the public on national and local policies made in their name. It enables smart activism, advocacy and community development programs. It enables fact-based versus fear-based policymaking and nuanced and accurate media reporting. It combats fear and misunderstanding and encourages dialogue.

Discover:
First, we discover new data through rigorous research. Our publications, including our annual American Muslim Poll, provide much-needed insight into issues impacting not just Americans who are Muslim but all individuals working toward the promise of pluralism.

Educate:
Next, we use what we learn to educate the general public and raise awareness. We reach millions of people every year through in-person and digital education events, exhibits, convenings, media coverage, and more.

Equip:
Finally, we provide resources, workshops and toolkits for journalists, policymakers, community leaders, teachers, advocates, and others to use in their own important work. Equipping others multiplies our impact as the data lives on in the work of those who join us in catalyzing change.

Our high capacity board and staff have nearly two decades of experience with a laser focus on our area of work. In addition to building in house capacity, ISPU has assembled leading experts across multiple disciplines, building a solid reputation as a trusted source for information for and about American Muslims.

From our annual American Muslim Poll to our diverse collection of research-based workshops, toolkits, and other fact finding publications, ISPU’s work provides hard facts and actionable recommendations to a wide range stakeholders.

During the 2018 calendar year, ISPU,
1. Engaged more than 200 experts to address 28 different challenges through 7 research projects.
2. Presented our research nearly 50 times, directly reaching nearly 30,000 people with relevant, rigorous research.
3. Appeared in the media nearly 1200 times, an average of 3 times per day. In fact, more than 1 billion people saw a news article referencing ISPU's research in 2018 alone.
4. Directly equipped nearly 2,000 change agents with original research to help them do their work smarter and more effectively. Change agents like Terry Kyllo, who used ISPU’s Equal Treatment? report to train judges in Washington State, who says, “ISPU research is vital to the work that I and so many are doing around the country. It helps us to frame and sharpen our messaging, and to give facts to back up our values."

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    As the only organization of our kind, we’re the go-to source for anyone seeking information about Muslims in America and issues that impact them. We also share what we know in easily digestible ways with the general public, policymakers, media professionals, community leaders, and more.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Adoption of a Black Muslim Working Group to consult on how to better serve this community and highlight issues effecting them for further exploratory research projects. Periodically hold scholar convenings to understand areas within the American Muslim community that requires further in-depth research.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have developed a more nuanced approach for accepting projects and the types of projects we pursue. We have revised out output to make our data easily digestible and visual.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL POLICY AND UNDERSTANDING

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marwa Zohdy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.