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Embedding Impact Analysis: Learning from Law

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About the project

This Jisc-funded project undertakes a tightly-focussed pilot study with researchers from the School of Law (located within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences) to systematise the identification and tracking of research impact. To ensure the study is at the cutting edge of current expertise; is of the highest quality, and produces widely transferable models of good practice, a leading impact analyst Ursula Kelly, will work closely with the researchers and the University's REF Impact Officer Emily Brown.

The School of Law will provide a pilot study to develop datasets and procedures for tracking and recording impacts of research. This UoA is particularly suitable as it represents a wide variety of academic work including UK, EU and International law, involving differing methodologies from doctrinal, philosophical and socio-legal. Academics in the Unit range from theorists to social scientists. This diversity affords the potential to develop multiple case studies with varying applications from a single source. Historical connections between Law Schools and legal professions also increase the likelihood for demonstrable routes to external impact. Law therefore represents a highly cost-effective choice, as the information generated will be widely applicable to other disciplines.

The objectives of the pilot are to:
• develop cost effective, manageable structures to ensure the tracking and recording of impact related information post REF 2014, drawing as much as possible on existing systems (e.g. RCUK collecting system)
• maximise the benefits of the pilot by disseminating findings to inform procedures, systems and the work and practices of researchers across Brookes and beyond working in other disciplines
• generate and develop potential examples of significant impact to provide high-quality case studies applicable to JISC and REF 2014 to inform practice within the institution and beyond.

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