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Providing evidence of impact from public engagement with research: a case study from the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Providing evidence of impact from public engagement with research: a case study from the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Providing evidence of impact from public engagement with research: a case study from the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Societal benefits of public engagement were recognized as 'impact' from research in the UK's recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), which determines an allocation of central government funding for universities and shapes the landscape for university researchers undertaking such activities. This paper shares experience from a successful REF Impact Case Study based on a programme of informing/inspiring-type public engagement, illustrating how engagement goals can match definitions of impact for the REF, and summarizing types of evidence used to demonstrate 'reach' and 'significance' of impact in media engagement, face-to-face engagement and online engagement, which represent common activities undertaken by many researchers.
2399-8121
230-243
Copley, Jonathan
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Copley, Jonathan
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Copley, Jonathan (2018) Providing evidence of impact from public engagement with research: a case study from the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF). Research for All, 2 (2), 230-243. (doi:10.18546/RFA.02.2.03).

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Societal benefits of public engagement were recognized as 'impact' from research in the UK's recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), which determines an allocation of central government funding for universities and shapes the landscape for university researchers undertaking such activities. This paper shares experience from a successful REF Impact Case Study based on a programme of informing/inspiring-type public engagement, illustrating how engagement goals can match definitions of impact for the REF, and summarizing types of evidence used to demonstrate 'reach' and 'significance' of impact in media engagement, face-to-face engagement and online engagement, which represent common activities undertaken by many researchers.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 July 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 445337
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445337
ISSN: 2399-8121
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ORCID for Jonathan Copley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3333-4325

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Date deposited: 02 Dec 2020 17:32
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:44

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