Initially, the CSR was housed in an off-campus site in close proximity to the Shaw University campus until the federally funded 32,583-square-foot IHSCR main facility was built.
Biostatisticians from the IHSCR CBDM were trained to learn the interactions between data entry, data management and survey data analysis modules of the software.
For the first two years as the infrastructure for the CSR developed, the IHSCR relied on a local information technical support company to set up internet access and support, network administration, and for server maintenance.
The mission of the CSR is to support the IHSCR in its goal to become "a national leader in the multidisciplinary empirical investigation of diverse issues that affect the health and well being of minorities, particularly African-Americans, and their families, and the communities in which they live." The CSR has the capacity to design surveys, administer surveys by phone, and mail self-reported surveys to potential participants, the CSR uses the Win Cati4.2/Sensus software to administer computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) and also has the capacity to conduct web-based surveys.