Leshner Leadership Institute Fellows Use Public Interactions for Mutual Learning
Two recent papers take important steps toward evaluating the impact of participating in public engagement on scientists. Most evaluation of public engagement with science has focused on impacts on the public participants. Assessing the effects on scientists could help document the mutual exchange of ideas that is central to the public engagement approach. Such evidence could provide concrete data and examples for scientists of what they can gain from discussing science with members of the public, not just what they can provide, and help them justify their involvement.