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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 summaryYou 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.

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Five things you need to do to capture the impact of training as a pathway to impact

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How to evaluate complex research impact

Methods to help you disentangle and evaluate complex impacts quickly and easily.

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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.  

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Get longitudinal impact data with a postcard to your future self

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Other useful REF resources

 

How to move your REF impact case study to a new institution

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Research into REF evaluator behaviour offers three key pieces of advice for REF2021

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Weave a story through your REF Impact Case Study – 3 tips from a professional writer

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REF impact case studies – are single researcher or group submissions better?

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Has the bar been raised for REF2021?

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Does REF create a conflict of interest for researchers who are submitting impacts?

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3 ways to identify additional impact case studies for REF2021

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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:

Related podcasts

 

What makes a 4* case study in REF2014 paper (part 1)

Bella Reichard and Mark Reed read from their new paper analysing high versus low-scoring impact case studies from REF2014

What makes a 4* case study in REF2014 paper (part 2)

Bella Reichard and Mark Reed read from their new paper analysing high versus low-scoring impact case studies from REF2014

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.

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