Below are some links to some useful resources in helping you plan and effectively carry out public engagement with research activities.
How to get started & coming up with ideas
- The NCCPE (National Coordinating Centre) has put together some easy ways to get started; ideas, tips and tools to get you going on a public engagement with research project.
Techniques to get the public involved
- University of Aberdeen gives some know-how on Research Busking (out there, telling everyone about your work) as a very accessible way to engage with the public, and a great way to develop skills too.
- The NCCPE has put together some guidance Techniques & Approaches as inspiration for activities you could organise as part of your research
In order for activities getting the public involved with research to be a big success, there may be some stages you need to go through first to prepare for the project; sourcing equipment/funding/booking rooms/inviting participants;
University of Southampton have come up with some top tips for planning your public involvement project
When securing funding for research, it has now become an expectation that you submit a Pathways to Impact piece outlining who will benefit from a research project. A significant beneficiary is the public, meaning getting people and communities beyond the university involved in your research has become a key expectation of funders. As such, you may need to include this as an element in any grant applications you make;
- University of Aberdeen has some key tips for how public engagement with research strengthens funding applications.
- The NCCPE has put together a comprehensive list of funding bodies you might find useful
- Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships (2 year funding opportunity) – support for developing careers of those wishing to get involved in public engagement
Toby Shannon (British Science Association) explores the huge range of social media platforms available to promote your research to the public, and gives practical advice on how to do so.
Most funding bodies will ask you to evaluate your work, and the same is true for activities which engage the public with research;
- NCCPE suggest some different styles of evaluation, which you can use to help pick which might be best for your activity.
- University of Southampton give some top tips of how to evaluate your engagement activities
Sense about science have put together a practical how-to guide for engaging the public with research