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.