National Survey of IR Offices and Benchmarking Tool

We’re gearing up for the third iteration of the National Survey of IR Offices in 2021 and want to make sure your institution is on the invite list. Visit our survey contacts page to confirm your institution’s contact information is up to date.

What is the National Survey of IR Offices?

The National Survey is a nationally representative, longitudinal study of the function of institutional research (IR) in higher education.

The survey collects information about IR office structure, leadership, resources, and effectiveness. The data improves our understanding of the ever-changing role of IR in higher education and how individual IR offices can best meet the needs of their institutions.

Benchmarking and Reporting

IR and IE offices face demands for continuous improvement, and meeting those expectations requires an understanding of where they are today and how their operations compare to IR and IE at other institutions.

Offices that complete the survey gain access to a benchmarking tool that allows users to:

  • Benchmark on 15 metrics based on institution’s sector or Carnegie Classification​
  • Longitudinal data for institutions that have participated in the past

How to Participate

Visit our survey contacts page to confirm that we have the best contact information for your institution’s survey invitation. If not, tell us who is your institution’s most appropriate contact.

Survey Contacts A–M

Survey Contacts N–Z

2018 Survey Findings

Be sure to check back! We will post the 2018 survey findings here soon.

2015 Survey Findings

 A report of 2015 data is available to the public. 

View the 2015 Report

Bite by Bite

eAIR features a snapshot of data from the results of the National Survey.

See some key 2018 Data Bites below.

Contact Us

For more information on the National Survey of IR Offices and Benchmarking Tool, please email