Independent report

Evaluation of the UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) hub

This evaluation was commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to understand the impact and stakeholder perceptions of the UKICE hub.

ESRC, OpCit Research


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This evaluation was commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) from Opcit Research to understand the impacts of its investment in the UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) hub. It assesses how UKICE was perceived by key stakeholders, provides evidence of what worked and what did not, and explores the transferability of the model.

UKICE was valued by and had impact on the work of its key stakeholders, who regarded it as an impartial and trustworthy source of evidence and advice.

Key strengths of the UKICE model included developing a breadth of multidisciplinary expertise and matching this to demand from media and policymakers.

Another component of the UKICE model was an effective multimedia engagement strategy and capacity, working across several strands, including conducting and coordinating research, public-facing events, media engagement and policy engagement.

The UKICE hub offers insights for other projects that seek to improve the use of academic insights in policy debates and strengthen links between researchers, journalists and policymakers.

Changes in context, including in demand for evidence from the public, journalists and politicians, may present new opportunities and challenges in sustaining and replicating the UKICE model.

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