Knowledge exchange framework

You can use the knowledge exchange framework (KEF) to explore data and explanations of the different ways universities collaborate with external partners, from businesses to community groups, for the benefit of the economy and society.

The aim of the KEF is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funding for knowledge exchange (KE) and to further a culture of continuous improvement in universities. It will allow universities to better understand and improve their own performance, as well as provide businesses and other users with more information to help them access the world-class knowledge and expertise embedded in English Higher Education Providers (HEPs).

This information is presented on interactive dashboards.

Developing the KEF

Work to create the KEF began in 2017, when the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation commissioned the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to provide more information about HEP achievements in serving the economy and society for the benefit of the public, business and communities. Research England assumed responsibility for this as part of its wider KE policy and funding remit in April 2018.

You can read more about the development of the KEF and explore associated documentation.

Following publication of the first iteration of KEF results in March 2021, we reviewed the KEF based on feedback from the sector and users. The KEF review report detailing the findings of the review with recommendations for future development was published in February 2022.

KEF options survey

We are now inviting feedback for KEF2 through an online KEF options survey, open until 28 April 2022.

The KEF options survey presents specific proposals for changes to the next iteration of the KEF, along with future direction of travel for the KEF dashboard design and narrative.

View an offline reference copy of the survey questions, along with detailed supporting information, including worked examples of the methodology changes.

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Find out more

You can read a number of resources including frequently asked questions and detailed information about the mathematical calculations used by the KEF dashboard.

All this information is in the technical notes.

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Contact us

You can contact us for further information.

Email: KEF@re.ukri.org

Last updated: 25 February 2022

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