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Institutional Research

How can we measure how well we live our mission? Maret tackles this crucial question by leveraging school data in innovative ways, building institutional research capacity, and developing quantitative literacy throughout the community.


Educational Leadership Grant Awarded to Maret for a National Research Center

Maret will use the Edward E. Ford Foundation Leadership Grant to establish the Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools (CIRIS) and to support the School’s own research initiatives.

CIRIS will support independent schools as they establish and improve mission-driven data analysis initiatives. Through a new website, virtual sessions, and an annual Summer Fellows Lab, CIRIS will provide resources, professional development, and networking opportunities for independent school personnel in the areas of data literacy, data storage architecture, data analysis platforms and techniques, effective data reporting, and navigating institutional change.

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Director of Institutional Research

Maret's director of institutional research, Eric Heilman, works with the assistant heads of school and others on our administrative team to identify and monitor important performance indicators across the school. He is also the director of the Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools (CIRIS) here at Maret. Eric Heilman holds a bachelor's degree in International Economics from Georgetown University and a master's degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Research Initiatives

We use the data we collect to hold ourselves accountable to our school values. Here are some of our recent and ongoing projects.

Data-Informed Decision Making:

A Guide to Institutional Research in Independent Schools

The 2023 CIRIS Summer Fellows Lab cohort recently published a resource aimed at helping school leaders and data analysts. The resource provides tools for institutional researchers to grow their skills and foster their community's "Data Culture." The guide delves into the value of institutional research and the possibilities it offers. Additionally, the CIRIS Summer Fellows Lab cohort conducted the first Institutional Research State of the Industry survey (IR SOTI). Be sure to get your copy today to learn more!

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We are leading the way in institutional research in independent schools.