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Evaluation and our evidence base

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)

Interact 2017 Evaluation Report

STFC together with SEPnet, the Institute of Physics and the University of Birmingham are proud to launch the evaluation report from Interact 2017. Interact 2017 was a symposium whose aim was to cultivate a community of engagement practitioners within the physical sciences who develop high quality STEM engagement and encourage a culture of strategic and reflective practice.

The symposium which took place in September 2017 was a success with over 120 physical scientists from across the UK attending and sharing best practice. The symposium is also measuring its impact on these scientists through a yearlong evaluation process, the baseline of which can be found in the report.

In addition to this, the report showcases the rich landscape for Outreach and Public Engagement that currently exists in the physical sciences across the UK and sets good measures for its continued development.

The symposium also featured plenary speakers Prof Alice Roberts (University of Birmingham), and Prof Jim Al Khalili (University of Surrey) talk about their careers as engaged researchers and science communicators.

If you missed the day and would like to get a feel check out this video from the Institute of Physics which features SEPnet’s Director of Outreach and Public Engagement, Dr Dominic Galliano.

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

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000