Principle 8:

Evaluating success

Knowledge exchange is a recognised part of the overall university strategy. We have a clear understanding of the institutional role and the purpose of KE and whom the intended beneficiaries are.

Clarity of mission is essential for efficient and effective knowledge exchange. University staff, students and external organisations need to understand the aims and priorities of senior university leaders and governors in relation to the whole range of knowledge exchange activities undertaken by the institution.


Key enablers could include :


A commitment to carrying out regular self-assessment against the concordat and development of an improvement plan covering:

  • Regular reporting on KE activity to the institution’s governing body
  • Benchmarked evidence of scope and scale of services (for example using KEF metrics)
  • Third-party evidence of the value of interventions, such as that derived from customer satisfaction surveys
  • How KE policies are being promoted and followed across the institution
  • The quality of service delivery derived from meeting management benchmarks or targets.

Third-party evidence of the contributions that institutional KE makes at local, national or global levels.


Periodic governing body review and approval of KE policies and KE performance and improvement plans, and assurance of their efficacy via established institutional programmes such as internal audit.

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