Envisioning the Future of the Research Enterprise
The Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) is the major national source for data to support fundamental research on the results of public and private investments in discovery, innovation, and education. It provides credible data and rigorous findings about the productivity and public value of the research enterprise to inform effective policy-making, support outreach, aid in research management, and expand the state of knowledge.
Provide and Use the Data
IRIS provides member institutions with university-specific reports based on their data, highlighting the impacts of their research efforts and investments.
Refine the Data
IRIS creates a secure data enclave for the research community by collecting, integrating, warehousing, and making large-scale data accessible to researchers.
Leverage the Data
IRIS provides policy makers with credible data on the value of research to address pressing social science and policy questions.
“This groundbreaking project will allow research universities to better track and report the outcomes of many dimensions of the academic enterprise. Perhaps most importantly, the effort will apply the protocols and rigor of academic research to the work and outcomes of higher education—and will do so in a manner consistent with the values of the academic (not commercial) sector.”
—BARBARA MCFADDEN ALLEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIG TEN ACADEMIC ALLIANCE
“IRIS data allow observational experiments that can directly test this people-centric model by tracking how scientific training affects career trajectories and returns to industry. Preliminary IRIS data indicate, for example, that a science doctorate improves a person’s chances of entering a high-tech industry, which will result in higher wages and greater productivity.”
—MICHAEL EINSTEIN, “ASSESSMENT: ACADEMIC RETURN,” NATURE 5 MAY 2016, VOL 533, p. S21
“My congressional representative asked me about output measures of Ohio State research. Was that research making an impact and how did we measure it? … I find the IRIS data increasingly useful for discussions about the value of research.”
—CAROLINE C. WHITACRE, VP FOR RESEARCH, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
“AAU universities conduct a majority of the federally funded university research, contributing to U.S. economic competitiveness, health, and national security. Now, with the help of IRIS, universities can better understand and demonstrate the impacts of research to their students, local community, and nation.”
– MARY SUE COLEMAN, PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES
The new book using IRIS data by IRIS PI Julia Lane and others, Measuring the Economic Value of Research: The Case of Food Safety, will be published December 2017.read more
In Nature’s “Comment: Watching the players, not the scoreboard,” Julia Lane discusses how IRIS is developing new ways of assessing science that will better depict strengths and weaknesses, and lay the foundation for a healthy research ecosystem.read more
- about 2 weeks agoIRIS Co-PI Julia Lane is the co-editor of a new book, "Measuring the Economic Value of Research: The Case of Food S… https://t.co/AE0pjiCJ7I
- about 2 weeks agoIRIS Research Manager Natsuko Nicholls & student Oshin Nayak present a poster at U-M's Data Science Research Forum.… https://t.co/wHCqR5YmgQ
- about 1 month agoIRIS 2017 Data Summit Report - https://t.co/8MkRBj6f2F
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