The Center for Independent Social Research (CISR) e.V. is a non-profit organization, which was founded by social scientists, experts, and civil-society actors in Berlin in 2015. Its main focuses are to support and conduct sociological research projects, as well as to promote civil-society developments in post-socialist states. The CISR e.V. members implement civil-society projects professionally and define challenges, which post-socialist societies are confronted with. Their scientific analyses pave the way for effective concepts in dealing with these challenges.