Institutional Research

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has a long history and tradition of research and learning efforts.  To streamline various research and assessment activities, and further strengthen a culture of research and learning, the Foundation created a centralized research function in 2016. 

Mission and Goals

The Office of Institutional Research exists to inform and support decision making, planning, and evaluation processes as a means to enhance the Foundation’s mission and strategic goals of effective grantmaking in support of the humanities, the arts, higher education, and diversity.  The Office of Institutional Research aims to play an instrumental role in framing and asking generative questions, interpreting data in context, and transforming it into meaningful information and insights.

The Office works to promote and contribute to the value of research and learning by carrying out the following activities:

  • Provide accurate, timely, and unbiased analysis and insights to support Foundation-wide and program-level decision making, strategy, and planning efforts.
  • Working with senior leadership, Programs, and other functional areas, support foundation-wide and program-level evaluation and assessment.
  • Conceptualize research projects by formulating research questions and developing research plans.
  • Design questionnaires, coordinate survey administration, and analyze and interpret survey findings.
  • Support the development and implementation of the work of the Mellon Research Forum in partnership with outside researchers.
  • Working with Grant Management, IT, and other staff, work to ensure the integrity, accuracy, and consistency of data collected, stored, and utilized by the Foundation.
  • Conduct background and early project development research in support of new ideas and initiatives of the grantmaking programs and the Foundation.
  • Serve as a resource to Foundation staff for analytic support and expertise.  Upon request, review and evaluate research and survey work commissioned from external consultants.