IR&DS has long had a mission statement, but until recently had not had a long-term vision. During staff retreats this winter, IR&DS staff got away from the office for a few hours and went through the process of envisioning where we want the organization to be five years from now. We thought carefully about the changing environment in higher education, the things that are important to Stanford and its leadership, and our own strengths, values, and opportunities. In the end we formulated a vision that incorporates our goals for our customer relationships, the data we provide, the technology we use, and our own team. We hope that you will join us as we strive to achieve our goals.
Institutional Research & Decision Support is the first-choice provider of timely, high-quality, accessible management information and analysis for informed decision-making at Stanford. We accomplish this by:
- Having exceptional client relationships that are collaborative, respectful partnerships in which ongoing active listening, communication, and feedback enhance the mission of the University.
- Ensuring that high-quality enterprise data is readily available and meaningfully conveyed to appropriate stakeholders.
- Fostering an environment where IR&DS staff work effectively, efficiently, and collaboratively, sharing best practices, strengths in research methodology, access to resources, and knowledge of critical issues in higher education.
- Providing a state-of-the-art website that describes IR&DS capabilities, projects, and services; educates clients about data definitions, policies, methodologies, and tools; facilitates self-service access to selected Stanford data; and supports internal IR&DS collaboration.
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