The Research Excellence Framework (REF): Assessing the impact of social work research on society.

Parker, J. and van Teijlingen, E., 2012. The Research Excellence Framework (REF): Assessing the impact of social work research on society. Practice: Social Work in Action, 24 (1), 41 - 52 .

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DOI: 10.1080/09503153.2011.647682

Abstract

This paper reviews one aspect, impact, of the forthcoming assessment of research in UK universities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), and examines its meaning and potential for enhanced partnerships between social work practice and academia in the context of the current economic crisis. Examples of case studies being developed to show how research has societal impact are described and some of the complexities of what, on the surface appears to echo social work 19s desire to make a positive difference to the lives of people in society, are drawn out. The importance of the REF for the integration of social work practice and academia have been rehearsed many times. This paper argues that making an impact is everybody 19s concern and practitioners and those who use social work services and their carers have a role to play in its creation and identification.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0950-3153
Subjects:Social Sciences > Social Work
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Social Work and Social Policy
ID Code:20511
Deposited By:Professor Jonathan Parker
Deposited On:14 Nov 2012 16:35
Last Modified:19 Nov 2012 11:05

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