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.

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UNIVERSITIES

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.

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RESEARCHERS

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.

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POLICY MAKERS

Leverage the Data

IRIS provides policy makers with credible data on the value of research to address pressing social science and policy questions.

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“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

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Effects of Science Research Budget Cuts Revealed with IRIS data

In a piece in The Conversation, IRIS PI, Bruce Weinberg, uses IRIS data to show how cuts in federal science funding will adversely impact the training of researchers and the future STEM workforce plus local economies through the reduction in purchases of equipment, supplies and services.

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