Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), Research England

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) provides a range of information on the knowledge exchange activities of providers of higher education in England.

The KEF’s interactive dashboards are designed to provide details on a wide range of activities across seven areas of knowledge exchange activity – termed as ‘perspectives’ – from the volume of work undertaken with businesses, charities and the public sector to research partnerships and commercialisation. 

Predominately based on a wide range of robust income metrics, supporting narrative statements also provide contextual information and more detailed descriptions of how providers approach community engagement and contribute to local growth.

A strength of the English higher education sector is its diversity. The KEF groups providers into ‘clusters’ of peers – providers with similar characteristics such as how much research they do and in what subject areas.

A provider’s performance in knowledge exchange is then presented alongside the average performance of this cluster group. By not comparing everyone to everyone, users can more effectively see where an provider excels in particular areas of knowledge exchange.

The KEF aims to support higher education providers to improve their knowledge exchange performance by providing robust information across a wide range of knowledge exchange activities.  As an effective comparison tool it aims to help institutions think holistically about their knowledge exchange, providing a comparison tool to stimulate conversations within and between providers about their KE activities.



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