Institutional Research and Analysis - Carnegie Mellon University

What we can do for you:

The staff of the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis contributes to meaningful work across all areas of Carnegie Mellon University by collecting, organizing, and analyzing information that allows staff and faculty to better understand the CMU community and the environment in which they work.

Providing Information

Do you need more detailed information than found in the Factbook? We can provide you with information about students, employees, facilities, alumni, and other topics, which could be used for purposes such as advisory boards, grant proposals, accrediting agencies, and guidebook publications.

Consultation or Assessment

Do you need help with planning a specific part of your study? Our staff can counsel you on appropriate aspects of assessment, including:

  • Developing your research questions
  • Survey methodology and design
  • Focus groups and interviews
  • Analysis and usage of results

Conducting Studies

Do you know what you want to study, but do not have the expertise and resources? We will work you to create and conduct a study, analyze the results, and provide you with a report of the findings.

Workshops and Education

Building Your Research Capacity: A series of workshops offered to staff that will assist them with their own assessment projects, beginning with "Developing your research question" and ending with "Using results." Stay tuned for future workshop dates.

Process to Request CMU Emails for Surveys and Research Projects

Access the process online

Partnership Model

Each college or division, as well as some departments within administrative divisions, has an IRandA staff member as their partner. The partner serves as the primary point of contact for the unit, in order to:

  • establish regular communication, 
  • make sure the informational and analytical needs of the unit are being met, and 
  • streamline communication to a single contact outside of regularly-occurring projects.


Partner Areas

Janel Sutkus



  • ETC
  • President
  • Provost and Vice Provosts
  • Student Affairs

Melissa Baker

Assistant Director


  • CIT and Silicon Valley
  • TSB
  • University Libraries
  • Provost Division - all offices except Provost and Vice Provost
  • Finance
  • Operations - Human Resources only

Sarah Hailey

Research Designer and Analyst


  • CFA
  • MCS
  • Operations - all offices except Human Resources

Matthew Hoolsema

Research Designer and Analyst


  • HC
  • SCS
  • SEI
  • General Counsel

Laura Velasco

Research Designer and Analyst


  • DC
  • All locations outside of the United States
  • Marketing and Communications
  • University Advancement

How are research and assessment similar?

Each is a question-driven process of investigation that includes collecting quantitative or qualitative data, analyzing those data, and interpreting the results.

How do research and assessment differ?

The purpose of research is to increase understanding of a topic or issue or to produce new knowledge.

The purpose of assessment is to create evidence to describe the effectiveness of an activity, function, program, office, department, division, or institution.