I'm writing a case study for the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
What makes a 4* impact case study?
Read this 2 minute summary of everything you need to know about impact in REF2021 and Mark’s latest REF intelligence. Find out what made a 4* case study in REF2014 based on the most comprehensive analysis to date of high versus low-scoring cases in the paper below or read this blog summary. You can also read this blog to find out how Universities across the UK have raised the bar for REF2021 and what you’ll need to do to go beyond best practice from 2014 to reach 4* in 2021.
Resources to help you evaluate your impact
Evidencing impact from media engagement
Find out how to evaluate impacts arising from media engagement, by planning impacts with indicators you can track, or via social media analysis, the funnel approach or by using before/after polling data.
Five things you need to do to capture the impact of training as a pathway to impact
How to evaluate complex research impact
Methods to help you disentangle and evaluate complex impacts quickly and easily.
How to get commercially sensitive data to evidence economic impacts from research
If your research has been commercialised in some way, then you may be asked to evidence the economic benefits arising from your work. Economic claims are harder to evidence than you might think, because many companies are nervous about sharing commercially sensitive data. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. In this guide, we’ve suggested a few things that might get you something useful.
Get longitudinal impact data with a postcard to your future self
Other useful REF resources
How to move your REF impact case study to a new institution
Research into REF evaluator behaviour offers three key pieces of advice for REF2021
Weave a story through your REF Impact Case Study – 3 tips from a professional writer
REF impact case studies – are single researcher or group submissions better?
Has the bar been raised for REF2021?
Does REF create a conflict of interest for researchers who are submitting impacts?
3 ways to identify additional impact case studies for REF2021
See all known 4* case studies from REF2014 here
Celebrating your unsung impacts here
Get help with your REF impact case study
REF impact masterclass webinar here
REF impact case study group review here
Find out more about Bella Reichard's case study review service here
Read research impact guides
Our essential series of "how to" guides for researchers, designed to help you embed impact in your work:
Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021)
Take a short-cut to the final guidance on impact, get the lastest intelligence and read our guide on how to write a 4* impact case study based on the most rigorous research conducted to date on high versus low-scoring case studies from 2014:
What makes a 4* case study in REF2014 paper (part 3)
Bella Reichard and Mark Reed discuss how their new paper analysing high versus low-scoring impact case studies from REF2014 can be used to write more effective case studies, drawing from their experience advising Universities across the UK on their REF submissions.