“IRIS researchers use rigorous, data-rich analyses to accurately track and report higher ed outcomes, often in data visualization form such as this map tracking county-level purchases made by eight Midwest public research universities as part of the research enterprise.”
The Inside Higher Ed article Communicating the Value of University Research When Science is Under Attack maintains that IRIS data show the connection between university research, job creation and economic benefit. Authors Lisa M. Rudgers and Julie A. Peterson argue that universities must respond to attacks on science and research funding by marshaling arguments and allies to support public investment in research. Research with IRIS data can help tell the story of job creation and other economic benefits of the research enterprise as one way to demonstrate the practical impact of continued public funding.
They article concludes, “When our universities work together in the collective, and when they reach out to the business and non-profit communities to form important alliances, they can demonstrate the critical roles that higher education and university research play in business competitiveness, job growth, and improvements in our communities and our quality of life.”