Whether you’re looking to get started in public engagement with research, or hoping to build on your experience to boost your impact, we have training coming up for you.
Getting started in public engagement with research
Wednesday 11th March 2020, 10.00 – 12.00 Lansdowne Campus
Public engagement is increasingly valued as a skill in researchers, and by funders. This workshop aims to get academics from zero or little experience in public engagement with research (PER) to a position where they are confident carrying out PER activity with awareness of audience, delivery and evaluation. This workshop will be delivered by Adam Morris, Engagement Officer at BU.
By the end of this workshop you should be able to:
- Understand what is meant by public engagement and why it is an increasingly important part of a research career
- Identify relevant audiences and understand how to target engagement
- Plan public engagement activity that complements and benefits research
- Evaluate public engagement activity and use this to demonstrate impact
- Identify possible funders for public engagement
High quality public engagement
Wednesday 29 April 2020 09.00 – 13.00 Talbot Campus
This course will develop your public engagement skills to a high level. It is aimed at academics with some public engagement experience, and/or those who have completed the ‘Getting started in Public Engagement’ course. The course offers an opportunity to reflect on past public engagement work and plans for the future. In particular, we will focus on developing your own plans with guided feedback and discussion. This workshop will be delivered by expert trainers from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).
By the end of this workshop you will…
- Explore frameworks and concepts that deepen thinking about People, Purpose and Process
- Apply those explorations to your own work
- Consider how to take the concepts into your own work in the future
Evaluation: Developing your approach
Wednesday 13 May 2020 09.00 – 13.00 Talbot Campus
This course will cover why evaluation is important, look at ways to get started, explore different techniques, and consider what your findings can tell you and your organisation or funder. We will also cover the ways in which evaluation can be used to generate evidence for impact. With an emphasis on how to conduct evaluation, join us for a programme of practical activities and discussion as together we demystify evaluation and find the fun in revealing and identifying your effectiveness. This workshop will be delivered by expert trainers from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).
By the end of this workshop you will:
- develop an awareness of the value and importance of evaluating public engagement.
- gain familiarity with the process of evaluation and the usefulness of planning.
- consider the uses of evaluation including improving activities; sharing good practice and reporting.
- begin to explore the issues and challenges of evaluating public engagement.
- continue to develop personal and professional skills, for example in communication, planning and critical reflection.
- increase confidence in evaluating public engagement activities.
- understand how evaluation ties in to impact.