The International Research Organization ('IRO') is an association of academics, research professionals, industry and political analysts from around the world.
The IRO conducts global research and drafts reports based upon empirical evidence, factual data synthesis and established research methodologies. Its reports are commissioned by commercial and not-for-profit corporations, lawmakers, government departments, industrial and trade associations, NGOs, professional regulatory bodies, lobbyists, investors and others.
The IRO differs from consulting firms in that it supplies factual information - not advice; and its reports are objective - not written to a plan or to sway opinion. While its research work has traditionally focused on international political, commercial and industrial matters, the range of topics and issues that the IRO can research and report on is virtually limitless.
The IRO can provide the following services:
- Fact gathering for domestic, international and transnational dispute resolution procedures - for example, the preparation of impartial reports for submission to courts, tribunals, arbitrators and mediators.
- White paper resourcing for lawmakers and commercial enterprises - providing an analysis of significant issues to aid decision-makers with selecting their best options, or to facilitate policy development or long-term planning.
- Due diligence preliminary reports - Because the IRO does not disclose the identity of its clients, due diligence preliminary investigations and inquiries can remain confidential. As a third party with no vested interest in commercial transactions, the IRO is often able to secure significantly more "realistic" and objective data in regard to a seller or investment target.
- Industry analysis - individual industries and discrete sectors of national and international economies are the subject of many IRO reports. For example, the mining and energy sectors of a particular country, or the travel and hospitality industries operating worldwide.
- Trade and investment reports - the movement of goods and resources, the provision of services, and the transfer of capital and funds are topics that are often researched and analyzed by the IRO.
- Independent fact-finding and claim-verification - proposals for legislative or regulatory change are often controversial, particularly if a government's motivation or the potential impact becomes a partisan issue. However, if truly independent research and analysis supports (or refutes) the associated claims, then contention can be avoided and the legislative process can flow more freely. Further, electors will have the ability to easily distinguish rhetoric from fact.
- Strategic assessments - the ability to analyze issues from a global perspective is a forte of the IRO. Be it regional military trends, global economic indications, international political, diplomatic or electoral developments or other "big picture" issues, the IRO can undertake such strategic assessments.
- Basic, applied, qualitative, quantitative, inductive and deductive research - whether a topic of inquiry involves facts, figures, statistical analysis, a review of records or other research tasks, the IRO's network of professional researchers and analysts is likely to have the expertise to complete the work.
The IRO gathers its data and primary information legally, and does not conduct covert investigations.
IRO reports are:
Because the IRO is a completely independent, supranational and unaffiliated association of research professionals, it has no "agenda", political position or philosophical bent. Its reports are impartial, objective, unbiased and uninfluenced by commercial, national, political, cultural, or other factors.
The IRO's strict policy is absolute confidentiality. The identity of IRO clients is never disclosed by the IRO or its researchers, who are subject to internationally-binding confidentiality agreements.
Wherever possible, research information, statistics, and data will be verified before inclusion in a report, either by reference to the source or via independent corroboration. Moreover, draft IRO reports are themselves peer-reviewed prior to finalizing and release.
Being a supranational organization, the IRO is able to investigate and prepare frank and unequivocal reports on "hot button" topics and subjects considered off-limits, politically volatile or too sensitive for domestic researchers, consultancy firms and academic institutions.
Regardless of who commissions or funds the IRO's work, its reporting is based on facts, empirical evidence and verified information. The IRO provides the option of "double blind" research to further guarantee objectivity. Those who commission research and those who conduct it can remain unknown to each other, ensuring unquestionably impartial reporting.
As a supranational organization the IRO is able to analyze information and draft reports from a global or "big picture" perspective, utilizing international benchmarking and worldwide comparisons.
Research and analysis is conducted by a highly credentialed team of academics and research professionals, most with multiple postgraduate degrees and extensive international research experience. Our researchers take great pride in producing reports of the highest quality, with exceptional clarity, accuracy and insight.
Through extensive experience, advanced planning, systematic research and adherence to rigorous protocols, the IRO is able to meet tight deadlines without sacrificing quality or accuracy.