With the recent publication of the REF2 Output Allocation taxonomies for UoAs 7, 10, 11, 12, 26, 27, 28, 29, 33, and 34 (thanks for the heads up during the webinar Melissa!), I'm in the process of specifying how best to deliver support for this field in the REF2 form in Elements.
Our original intention in supporting this field, like the Output sub-profile categories for UoAs 3 and 12, was to upload the taxonomies for each Unit, enabling a drop-down in the REF2 form:
But given the variations per UoA (for example) ...
... delivering this feature as originally intended will take not an insignificant amount of time - quite out of proportion to the importance and value of the field.
So, I wanted to propose a simpler solution that will take us much less time to deliver, therefore increasing the chances of this feature being delivered in the upcoming 5.19 release and saving us time to work on other higher priority features.
My proposal is as follows:
This proposal puts a slightly increased burden on institutions in ensuring the values input match those of the taxonomy for the UoA (where appropriate), but given that we expect most of you will input this data using the REF2 bulk upload function, I don't foresee this as an unreasonable burden.
What do you all think? If you could let me know your thoughts by the end of the week (1 November), we can get this work fully specified and slotted into our 5.19 development work.