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Enhancing the Academic Prestige of Nonprofit Studies: Can Impact Case Studies Help?

Peter Grant, Paul Palmer, John Montgomery


This paper describes the evolution of an evidence-based management-research case study in the UK that has the potential to enhance the profile and status of nonprofit studies in the UK and beyond. Until recently, to evaluate the research quality of universities the UK relied on journal quality lists to guide their ratings. However, in recent years, these have been revised with the addition of impact case studies. In response, we developed a methodology and template for writing impact case studies for the nonprofit sector. The first case study using the new template was produced at the end of 2016, describing an evaluation framework for the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation’s Place program in the UK. This complex regeneration project involved private, public, and voluntary sectors and demonstrated the efficacy of the multidimensional collaborative approach that helps communities regenerate after economic decline.

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case studies; regeneration; Prince’s Charities; place

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