About IR&DS


IR&DS has four primary functions:

These functions, as well as the history and future goals of IR&DS, are explained in this document, which has been used to introduce various groups on campus to IR&DS.

Mission & vision

Please read our mission and vision statements to find out more about Institutional Research & Decision Support and its role within Stanford University.

Requesting IR&DS data

IR&DS encourages and supports the use of institutional data, analysis, and research for decision making, in keeping with Stanford University’s educational mission. Our Institutional Data Request Policy Letter describes and explains guidelines for the use of institutional data including criteria for fulfilling data requests, limitations, confidentiality, and sensitivity, as well as self‐service options and availability of other resources.


Our organization chart is available here.