The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


SPSSI Strategic Plan

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) promotes research and education on psychological aspects of critical social issues. SPSSI brings science and evidence to human problems of the group, the community, the nation, and the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries.  SPSSI was founded in 1936, and welcomes psychologists, social scientists, and policy professionals who can address social issues with scientific psychology.

This strategic plan sets out SPSSI’s goals for the next 3-5 years. It provides rough timetables and guidelines to build on our science and foster its application—by providing services to members, by enhancing our journals, and by increasing our policy activities.  A primary goal of this plan is to infuse diversity and inclusion throughout the organization. Diversity and inclusion goals will be broadly construed, made explicit, and serve as one indicator of success of the strategic plan. The health of the organization depends upon how it serves its membership’s needs and goals; the strategic plan specifies how well SPSSI meets those goals, identifies areas for evaluation and improvement, helps determine current and future program needs, and identifies ways to strengthen our infrastructure and staff capacity.

The Executive Committee of SPSSI invites your feedback on this draft of the strategic plan. SPSSI has been developing this plan through meetings, focus groups, questionnaires, discussions, phone calls, and some hard thinking. The draft of the strategic plan has shape and organization, but it is not fixed. We welcome your ideas, comments, suggestions and criticisms.

—The Executive Committee


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Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin