ISSER was established in 1962 as the Institute of Statistics to provide a programme of teaching and research in statistics. In 1969, it was reorganized and renamed the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic research with an expanded mandate to conduct research in the social sciences in order to generate solutions for national development
ISSER currently serves as the research wing under the College of Humanities, University of Ghana and engages in a number of policy relevant research whose findings are intended to help policy makers on the best policy decisions to make for national development.
ISSER's goal is to be recognised as a centre for comprehensive and sustained research and training in the social sciences.
ISSER's objectives are to:
- Build capacity for social science research in Ghana
- Carry out high quality policy-relevant and development-oriented research and disseminate the results to facilitate the socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa
- Participate in the process of formulating, monitoring and evaluating policies and programmes
- Encourage regional research co-operation aimed at promoting regional integration.
- Attract researchers from other Units of the University and elsewhere for collaborative and/or independent research.