25 Apr

NABI Workshop: Evaluating the Impacts of Public Engagement on Scientists and the Public

25 Apr 2018
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Evaluating the Impacts of Public Engagement on Scientists and the Public Workshop at NABI Summit 2018
The AAAS Center for Public Engagement seeks evaluation tools to discuss during the Evaluating the Impacts of Public Engagement on Scientists and the Public workshop on April 25 at the National Alliance for Broader Impacts Summit 2018 in Providence, RI. | NABI

Documenting and evaluating the impacts of public engagement on both members of the public and on scientists is essential to the continued improvement of public engagement practices. Evaluation tools tend to focus on outcomes for one or the other of these groups and may not provide an easy mechanism to link results across the groups. During the National Alliance for Broader Impacts Summit in April, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology is convening a workshop that will explore current and future opportunities to pair evaluations from members of the public and scientists. In preparation for the workshop, we are collecting examples of existing evaluation tools, particularly those that focus on evaluating outcome expectations, self-efficacy and trust. We encourage anyone working in this area to submit tools, even if you will not be able to attend the NABI workshop.

Evaluating the Impacts of Public Engagement on Scientists and the Public
Providence Biltmore Hotel, Providence, RI
Wed., April 25
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

During the workshop, participants will (1) examine the current tools available to evaluate the impacts of public engagement on scientists and members of the public; (2) discuss how to compare results and use paired evaluations to improve public engagement practices; and (3) identify opportunities to increase the use of evaluation tools for scientists and members of the public. Following the workshop, we will share a summary of the discussion with all who contributed scales in advance, with those who participated in the workshop and on our website.

We hope you will consider contributing tools that you have developed. To do so, please complete our online submission form or contact Emily Therese Cloyd at ecloyd@aaas.org. To facilitate collection and synthesis of materials ahead of the workshop, please submit your scales by April 9.

If you aren’t currently using evaluation tools but would like to learn more about two scales developed by AAAS that evaluate impacts on scientists read our story in AAAS News.