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Evaluating public engagement

Have you ever wondered how to effectively evaluate your public engagement work? This unique half-day workshop will provide you with the ability to effectively evaluate any engagement situation.

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Applying for this scheme

This course is designed for holders of University Research Fellowships, Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowships, Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, Newton International Fellowships, and Industry Fellowships.

The next course will be held on Friday 31 January 2020 at the University of Glasgow. The course will run from 10am until 1.30pm.

See below for course details.

Register for this course

Evaluation is a valuable tool for improving what you do and demonstrating the value of your work, and can bring you closer to your participants by hearing their thoughts. 

This workshop is designed to practically assist you to plan evaluation for an existing or upcoming project. 

Who is it for? 

This course is for Royal Society grant recipients with some public engagement experience who want to implement effective evaluation methods for their public engagement activities. 

Attendees should have a public engagement activity in mind, for which they would like to develop an evaluation plan.

What will you learn?

Following this workshop, you should be able to

  • understand the purposes, uses and limitations of evaluation
  • apply event-appropriate evaluation methods in multiple scenarios
  • prepare useful, answerable and relevant evaluation questions
  • devise and deliver your own evaluation plan
  • interpret and report evaluation data

Attendees will be expected to participate in the course preparatory work, including participating in an online mock review panel with other participants. 

You will also need to complete a short task within 10 days of completing the course. 

You can read the full programme (Evaluating public engagement - workshop agenda.pdf)

Who is the tutor?

This course is delivered by Dr Jamie Gallagher, an award-winning engagement professional specialising in impact narratives and evaluation. Jamie has over 10 years of public engagement experience including as the central lead for Public Engagement at the University of Glasgow and an evaluation consultant on REF 2021 impact case studies. He has worked on improving the reach, profile and impact of research in almost every academic discipline.

"It was practical rather than just listening to theory. I was involved in all the activities."

"Great session, huge fun and transformative of my understanding"

"Great course, great presenter. I've attended some other presentation courses, so was afraid that it would be very standard advice, but Jamie really made me think about presenting in new ways"

How much does it cost?

You must be a Royal Society grant recipient to be eligible to attend this course.

The course fee and travel expenses are covered for Royal Society grant recipients, including the University Research Fellowship, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship and Industry Fellowship.

Further training

If you’re looking for an introductory public engagement course, we recommend attending our Public Engagement for Independent Researchers course before attending this one. We also run public engagement courses on schools engagement and communication skills for public engagement.

You can see a full list of training opportunities offered by the Royal Society. 

Please contact us with any questions.

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