What is an Institutional Research function and what is it’s value?

Higher Education institutions have utilized the institutional research (IR) function for many years. Many schools in the primary and secondary space are now looking to incorporate IR into their daily practice as well. In its broadest definition, institutional research at the K-12 level means collecting and utilizing data and research to inform decision making in key areas across the school including enrollment, student experience, faculty hiring and retention, diversity, equity and inclusion, curricular changes, graduation, and post-secondary enrollment.