Envisioning the Future of the Research Enterprise
The Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) is the global 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 participating 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 platform for the research community by collecting, integrating, warehousing, and making large-scale data more 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, COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATION
“By allowing universities to more comprehensively document the outcomes and impacts of research, assisting them to better understand their own research portfolio, and providing general insights into the ways science progresses and innovation occurs, IRIS demonstrates the promise to fulfill a deep need for research universities, the scientific enterprise, and the nation as a whole.”
—HUNTER R. RAWLINGS III, PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA UNIVERSITIES
“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
There has been a lot of coverage of the IRIS paper in American Economic Review on STEM Training and Early Career Outcomes of Female and Male Graduate Students, including in Nature and Science magazines.read more
Fostering the connection between science funding and economic growth needs to be based on thoughtful measurement, says Julia Lane, Institute for Research on Innovation & Science PI, in upcoming Nature article.read more
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