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The Impact AgendaControversies, Consequences and Challenges$
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Katherine Smith, Justyna Bandola-Gill, Nasar Meer, Ellen Stewart, and Richard Watermeyer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339854

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339854.001.0001

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Telling tales of impact: as seen through the eyes of user assessors

Telling tales of impact: as seen through the eyes of user assessors

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(p.183) 9 Telling tales of impact: as seen through the eyes of user assessors
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The Impact Agenda
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Katherine E. Smith

Justyna Bandola-Gill

Nasar Meer

Ellen Stewart

Richard Watermeyer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447339854.003.0009

In this chapter we turn our attention to those charged with the task of judging the 'reach' and 'significance' of impact claimed by academic researchers in narrative case studies in REF2014. Knowledge pertaining to how the societal and economic impact of scientific research is evaluated is sparse. This is especially true in the context of the UK's national system of research assessment, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), in light of the confidentiality and rules of non-disclosure enforced by Research England and the UK Research & Innovation (previously the Higher Education Funding Council for England - HEFCE).

Keywords:   Research Impact Assessment, Research Excellence Framework Assessors, Research Excellence Framework Reviewers, Higher Education Reform, Research Excellence Framework, REF

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