The Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA) was founded in 1999 in collaboration with the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, and municipalities throughout Iceland. Since then, ICSRA has conducted a national Youth in Iceland program of surveys among 10-20 year old children and adolescents, consisting of extensive data collection and information dissemination concerning family and adolescent welfare. Part of this effort was designed to inform the need for population-wide primary prevention through research aimed at arresting and reversing observed increases in adolescent substance use.

The three key aims of ICSRA are:

a) to advance and distribute knowledge on the social determinants of health, well-being and behaviour of young people
b) to enhance the quality of life of young people by improving health and well-being through the process of education and social change and
c) to create a venue for collaboration of scholars; specifically for the education and training of young scholars.