Review of CREST’s impact published

A review of the impact of CREST’s research projects has found that CREST’s role as a national hub for research into security threats is highly valued.

Now coming to the end of its fourth year of operation CREST has undertaken a review of the impact of its activities and outputs. The review was conducted by Dr Jo Edwards of Lucidity Solutions, with the aim of better understanding what impact CREST research has achieved, in individual projects, across its core programmes as well as commissioned projects.

For the purpose of the review, impact was considered in broad terms, drawing on a range of sources that are relevant to the social sciences and that provide different lenses through which impact can be evaluated.

The report sets out these findings and is accompanied by a set of case studies that demonstrate specific examples of where impact has been achieved, along with a suggested framework for a more systematic evaluation of impact.

The findings from the review demonstrate that there is strong evidence that CREST’s research is delivering impact for end-users, enabling them to achieve changes in practice, advances in understanding, and timely development of skills and knowledge.

The review also found that CREST’s role as a national hub is valued highly by its funders and other stakeholders as well as its researchers, particularly in relation to the quality and range of CREST research, the impact it is achieving and the role that CREST is playing to support that impact.

The review is available to download now and also includes recommendations to suggest ways that CREST could further enhance its unique national role.

You can download the Impact Review here:

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