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This independent review makes recommendations on the future operation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The review examines how university research funding can be allocated more efficiently so that universities can focus on carrying out world-leading research.
The 2016 Evidence report, commissioned by BEIS and produced by Technopolis, provided evidence to support the REF review, covering:
the context of the REF in the UK research system, its history, and changes to it over time
the effectiveness of the REF, and its effects on the research process and research careers
international practice and experience with similar forms of research assessment and funding
the extent to which Research Information Systems (RIS) could be used to support the REF in future