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The Social Science Research Council has called on researchers, research funders, the U.S. government and the private sector to forge new partnerships to address the challenges facing social science research.

In a report published Monday, the SSRC said that social science research faces serious threats from “dwindling federal funding” and “widespread skepticism about data.” Without action, the report suggests that social science might fail in its central objective -- to improve human lives.

The 52-page report, which was authored by a special SSRC task force over 18 months, includes recommendations such as creating a central database for public and private social data and forging new public-private funding relationships that could counter recent declines in federal research funding.