Our Impact

IN 2016 . . .


ISPU addressed 19 challenges with 9 research projects.

We partnered with 126 experts to conduct research and provide thought leadership.

95% of those we surveyed found ISPU research to be relevant.


ISPU directly reached more than 8,000 people through over 80 events, and connected regularly with over 20,000 people online.

Our research appeared in the media on 183 occasions, reaching millions of people.

We increased our social media presence by 109%, which resulted in 2,311,697 impressions.


ISPU connected 169 national, state and local policymakers and community leaders with new resources and information, impacting the lives of millions of Americans.

89% of those we surveyed said they planned to use ISPU research in their daily lives.


The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute presented, American Muslims at the Crossroads, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at The Newseum in Washington, DC. Photo by Tim Lundin | TDLphoto.com

ON MARCH 21, we released the findings of our American Muslim Poll 2017 at the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. Our panel, moderated by Mehdi Hasan, featured our own Dalia Mogahed, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Walter Ruby, Dr. Zainab Chaudry, and Dr. Susan Sherr. Since this release, over 700 full poll reports and key findings documents have been downloaded from our website. (Photo by Tim Lundin / Newseum)

Executive Meira Neggaz giving a presentation to local German leaders from Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange.

ON MAY 1, Executive Director Meira Neggaz spoke to a group of about 30 local German leaders who are on the Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange (WCTE). ISPU helped the group learn more about the American Muslim community, the challenges faced by American Muslims, and ways to address these challenges, helpful data points that these leaders can use in their home communities as they work to integrate immigrants, welcome refugees, and strengthen social cohesion.

Executive Director Meira Neggaz speaking with a group of mostly seniors at the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation.

ON MAY 10, Executive Director Meira Neggaz spoke with a group of mostly seniors at the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation near Gaithersburg, MD. She presented ISPU research on both Aging and Mental Health, the former of which resonated greatly with the challenges many in the audience were also facing. The group was very interested in charting a path forward when it comes to aging within the Muslim community. (Photo by Ali Nawaz Memon)

A panel including Michael German (Brennan Center), Hina Shamsi (ACLU), ISPU Scholar Engy Abdelkader (Bridge Initiative) and Corey Saylor (CAIR)

ON MAY 16, we held a panel in DC on the political, legal, and civic implications of designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. Our all-star panel included Michael German (Brennan Center), Hina Shamsi (ACLU), ISPU Scholar Engy Abdelkader (Bridge Initiative) and Corey Saylor (CAIR). (Photo by Tatiana Kanishcheva)

PI and report author Rebecca Karam presented Muslims for American Progress (MAP) findings at Bank Suey in Hamtramck, Michigan.

ON MAY 17, we shared our Muslims for American Progress (MAP) findings with a group at Bank Suey in Hamtramck, MI. A combination of empirical facts and human stories helped convey the positive impact Muslims are having in the state of Michigan. According to PI and report author Rebecca Karam, MAP serves as a critical intervention, one that stops the ongoing cycle of misinformation. The active engagement of a diverse audience gave us hope that, with data, we can start to catalyze change.

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“Thank you for sharing your important work! With increased awareness about your solid data driven research, media outlets will seek out your scholars for the real deal instead of relying on pundits to paint a story.”

–Aliya Poshni, Donor


“I refer to ISPU’s American Muslim poll when I give public talks on Islamophobia. It helps to nuance the picture of American Muslims and to challenge unfair stereo-types concerning Islam’s compatibility with the U.S. Keep up the outstanding work!”

–Todd Green, Professor



“ISPU’s work is a lifesaver. I use ISPU’s stats and data to educate a whole host of groups. Even when I meet groups skeptical of the challenges facing Muslims, ISPU’s data usually wins the day. It has helped multiple times.”

–Mohamed Shukri, Daban Consulting


“I use ISPU research to reinforce my arguments, inform my rebuttals and to prove the absurdity of a world that far too often relies on fear and misunderstanding.”

-Dean Obeidallah, Host of The Dean Obeidallah Show


“I have used these research numbers again and again in recent weeks—thank you for leading the effort on social policy.”

–Congressman Don Beyer, Virginia


“[Hosting debates is] precisely the role I think orgs like ISPU can play, that fine-grained understanding of internal Muslim community dynamics and how to have these debates in a way that isn’t polarizing but rather constructive.”

–Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institute


“This is exactly the kind of timely and specific information we need. . . . If everyone could send us something like this on various Administration priorities (e.g., ACA, Climate Change, Immigration Reform, etc.), we’d be able to work many more new (to us) leaders into our events and other work.”

–Melissa Rogers, White House


“ISPU’s Islamophobia work is powerful. I use it all the time in my work organizing for social justice. Since hearing about the research, that showed the intersectionality between anti-Muslim bigotry and other types of bigotry, we have conducted more than 50 trainings to coalition build. And it works!”

–Manzoor Cheema, Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia



“We had a presentation about the research back in October and that initiated the discussion. It allowed the youth council and the leaders in the community to take a much more serious approach to a very real problem.”

–Nilamudeen Shaihu, MCA