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The DESCRIBE project was funded by Jisc to look at how we provide definitions and capture the evidence of research impact and provide the recommendations for universities, research funders and those who enable research.


In the UK, EU and internationally research funders who are responsible for distributing governmental resources to universities and research institutes need to demonstrate to the government and tax payers the benefits arising from their investment in order to maintain funding.


In the UK, the need to justify research funding has led to the contentious requirement for universities to provide evidence of the impact of their research through the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which has put impact under the spotlight.


The objective of the DESCRIBE project was to answer questions around impact and recommend consistent approaches to evaluating impact across different research disciplines.


For further information see the DESCRIBE project web site and blog.

Recent Submissions

  • DESCRIBE Final Project Report 

    Stevens, Hilary; Dean, Andrew; Wykes, Michael (University of Exeter, 2013-06-07)
    This is the final project report of the DESCRIBE project. The DESCRIBE project was funded by Jisc to investigate the definitions, evidence and systems for capturing the impacts and benefits of research. Its findings are ...
  • DESCRIBE Final Project Report: Executive Summary 

    Stevens, Hilary; Dean, Andrew; Wykes, Michael (University of Exeter, 2013-06-07)
    This is the executive summary of the DESCRIBE project's final report. The DESCRIBE project was funded by Jisc to investigate the definitions, evidence and systems for capturing the impacts and benefits of research.
  • 7 Essays on Impact 

    Cope, David; Carter, Ian M; Morgan Jones, Molly; Grant, Jonathan; Husbands Fealing, Kaye; Horton, Averil; Waddington, Simon; Reinhardt, Anke (University of Exeter, 2013-06-07)
    Through the Jisc-funded DESCRIBE Project we have sought to undertake a rigorous assessment of current standards relating to the evidence of impacts arising from Higher Education research. This document contains seven ...

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