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Communication Best Practices
Evaluating Public Engagement
Science in Policymaking

The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology often collaborates with researchers from a number of fields to conduct and disseminate research about science communication and public engagement.

Communication Best Practices

Strategic science communication on environmental issues (2016) Matthew C. Nisbet and Ezra Markowitz, Washington, D.C.: AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

Science communication research: bridging theory and practice (2016) Matthew C. Nisbet and Ezra Markowitz, Washington, D.C.: AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

Americans' attitudes about science and technology: the social context for public communication (2016) Matthew C. Nisbet and Ezra Markowitz, Washington, D.C.: AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

Typology for public engagement with science: a conceptual framework for public engagement involving scientists (2016) Martin Storksdieck, Cathlyn Stylinski and Deborah Bailey, Corvallis, OR: Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning

Public engagement research and major approaches (2015) Matthew C. Nisbet and Ezra Markowitz, Washington, D.C.: AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

Public engagement with and communication of science in a web-2.0 media environment (2015) Sara K. Yeo, Washington, D.C.: AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

Evaluating Public Engagement

Assessing public engagement outcomes by the use of an outcome expectations scale for scientists (2017) Karen Peterman, Jane Robertson Evia, Emily Cloyd & John C. Besley, Science Communication, Vol. 39, Issue 6, Pages 782-797, DOI: doi.org/10.1177/1075547017738018

Validating a scale that measures scientists’ self-efficacy for public engagement with science (2017) Jane Robertson Evia, Karen Peterman, Emily Cloyd & John Besley, International Journal of Science Education, Part B, DOI: doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2017.1377852

Scientists’ prioritization of communication objectives for public engagement (2016) John C. Besley and Anthony Dudo, PLOS ONE, DOI: doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0148867

Scientists' views about communication training (2015) John C. Besley, Anthony Dudo and Martin Storksdieck, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Vol. 52, No. 2, Pages 199-220, DOI: 10.1002/tea.21186

What do scientists think about the public and does it matter to their online engagement? (2014) John C. Besley, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 42, No. 2, Pages 201-214, DOI: doi.org/10.1093

Science in Policymaking

Communicating science to Congress (study in progress): This research is being conducted to understand the factors that affect how scientific information is used in the personal offices of members of Congress. A workshop in Fall 2017 initiated the project. In Winter 2017 and Spring 2018, the team will interview and survey legislative staff from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to map opportunities and barriers in the fit of scientific information within legislative contexts; the interplay of new knowledge with behavior, past experience, and culture; and the nature of the interaction between scientists and policymakers.

Evidence-based sciencecommunication to policymakers (study in progress): This project will examine the communication and use of science within the policymaking arena. Researchers will integrate existing scholarly literature with new empirical findings from a survey of science communicators, case studies of science-relevant legislating, and qualitative interviews with policymakers to propose a set of best practices for presenting science to policymakers.