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Evaluation and our evidence base

Evaluation Report - Interact 2019

The INTERACT public engagement symposium took place in September 2019 at the University of Central Lancashire. it was attended by over 200 delegates.

The key aim of Interact was to further cultivate a community of engagement practitioners within the physical sciences who develop high quality STEM engagement and support a culture of strategic and reflective practice.

Building on the outcomes of the 2017 Interact symposium and its evaluation report this report highlights what worked well, draws out on lessons learned and makes further recommendations to assist anyone who may wish to plan for a similar event. The report also showcases the rich landscape for Outreach and Public Engagement that currently exists in the physical sciences across the UK and highlights opportunities for its continued development and how we can best support it in future.

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Evaluation Report - Interact 2019

Public Engagement Evaluation Framework (2017)

Our Evaluation Framework provides an approach that aids the systematic planning and evaluation of public engagement activities, in order to help report, improve, and celebrate the outcomes and impacts of public engagement

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Public Engagement Evaluation Framework(2017)

The Public Engagement: Attitudes, Culture and Ethos report (2016)

Commissioned by STFC and compiled by an expert working group, the PEACE report explored the attitudes of STFC’s research community towards engagement.

You can also download the supplementary reports from our community surveys and community interviews.

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The Public Engagement: Attitudes, Culture and Ethos report (2016)

Pathways to Excellence in Public Engagement (2018)

The Pathways to Excellence in Public Engagement report explores the issues encountered by STFC grant applicants and panel members with Pathways to Impact. Arising from findings in the PEACE report , it examines the various stages of the peer review system, from pre-award planning to post-award monitoring and reporting.

You can also download the supplementary report on how Pathways to Impact is viewed by the STFC research community.

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Pathways to Excellence in Public Engagement report cover

Planning for Impact (2019)

Arising from the Pathways to Excellence report, 'Planning for Impact with Public Engagement and beyond' is a guidance document for grant applicants, peer reviewers, and panel members. It provides advice on high-quality impact planning, and the production of Pathways to Impact as part of UKRI grant applications.

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Public Engagement Evaluation Framework(2017)

Factors Affecting Public Engagement by Researchers

Factors Affecting Public Engagement by Researchers (2015)

An important study of the UK engagement community supported by a wide range of national funders.

Public Engagement public attitudes to science 2014

Public Attitudes to Science (2014)

The fifth in an ongoing series of studies that explores the changing attitudes towards science of the UK population.

 
ASPIRES Young people’s science and career aspirations10-14 (2015)

ASPIRES: Young people’s science and career aspirations age 10-14 (2015)

Exploring the important influences on young children’s attitudes towards science.


National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement is an invaluable source of guidance and expertise for the public engagement community.

 
Research Councils

The UKRI public engagement website contains a series of other useful and interesting guides and publications for the engagement community.

Last updated: 26 August 2020

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