RECSM is a multidisciplinary research centre unified by its focus on Social Science Surveys. Surveys can be a strong tool for gaining insights into the workings of human societies and human behaviour. However, they can only live up to their potential if used adequately. RECSM research seeks to advance the quality of surveys and of survey data analysis. Our central research topics deal with improving survey questions and questionnaires, conducting web surveys, improving causal inference with observational data and analysing survey data with advanced statistical methods. Furthermore, our research applies survey data analysis tools to substantive research topics, particularly in the fields of Political Behaviour, Social Demography and Social-Personality Psychology.