IERI does policy research in the political economy of knowledge to promote sustainable economic growth, social development and political democracy. IERI is centrally concerned with evidence-based policy research, which is premised on scientifically verifiable methods, as the means towards shaping theory from facts. It thereby ensures that it generates and builds upon both quantitative and qualitative research into the domains of science and technology policy which then contributes towards embracing the democratic ethics of transparency and accountability.
Knowledge sharing through networking, partnering, alliances and brokerage ensures that the research programme of IERI diffuses into society. By means of appropriate codification, the transmission of the insights generated by IERI is shared by collective and individual formations. IERI works on commissioned and self-initiated research projects. IERI develops these projects in partnership with enterprises, academic institutions, research institutes and civil society organisations.