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We collaborate with Office for Research (OR) administrative units and provide solutions for their data, analytics, and reporting needs. We also collaborate with other stakeholders within and outside of Northwestern and serve as the face of OR’s data and analytics expertise. We also provide graphics and visualization support, including web design.

Our unit primarily serves OR administrative units, with a focus on enterprise data rather than data generated as part of a research project.  Find a list of available resources to the research community at Northwestern.


View our metrics dashboard to learn more about some of the types of data that OR tracks, and feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Our Services for OR Administrative Units

  • Software Expertise
    The Research Analytics unit has experience in a variety of analytics tools and software, including Tableau (Desktop, Prep Builder, Server), Cognos BI, Smartsheet, and Qualtrics. We are constantly keeping up to date with new technologies and methodologies and can assist with any questions or ideas you may have.

  • Database Expertise
    Research Analytics has expertise working with data from a variety of enterprise-level administrative systems at Northwestern, including sponsored projects, financials, human resources, and facilities. We work with individual OR units to understand their unit-specific databases as well. Visit the Office for Research Metrics Dashboard to learn more about the types of data points we track.

    The unit is also home to Northwestern Scholars, the university’s research networking and profiling tool. Please contact us with questions about Scholars and how to access the data for reporting needs.

  • Visualization/Graphics and Web Support
    Contact Julie Cowan on the Research Analytics team for any graphical or design needs (both data related and non-data related). Julie also handles any requests or issues related to OR websites.