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Guides and Publications

The following resources will help you get the most out of your engagement activities. Although some have been produced by individual Research Councils, they contain lots of good advice for anyone involved in science communication:

RCUK Public Engagement with Research Strategy:
This formal document outlines the RCUK Public Engagement with Research strategy.

What's in it for me? The benefits of public engagement for researchers:
This RCUK publication includes a selection of some of the highlights and first hand experiences of a range of researchers across the UK of the positive benefits arising from engaging with the public.

Resources for Schools:
A brochure detailing Research Councils UK classroom resources for teachers and their students.

Evaluation:
The RCUK Evaluation Guide gives practical advice for anyone wanting to evaluate Public Engagement projects.

Doing Public Dialogue  
This guide is for research council staff who are involved, will be involved, or are interested in designing and delivering public dialogues. These dialogues could be for research programmes, the conduct of research, or in governance and regulation of a research programme.

Engaging Young People with Cutting Edge Research:
A guide for researchers and teachers:
A brochure providing helpful signposts and opportunities to both researchers and teachers on how to get started working together.

Dialogue with the Public:
An RCUK publication intended primarily for those relatively new to communicating science or who are making the first steps to move from a monologue approach to a dialogue style. It covers the issues that any activity organiser might expect to encounter, including setting objectives; understanding audiences; attracting audiences; encouraging dialogue within traditional formats; identifying appropriate techniques to facilitate dialogue; and evaluation.

The Engaging Researcher:
This Vitae and National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement publication highlights some of the many ways researchers can engage the public, offers practical tips for getting started and explores how public engagement can benefit researchers and the public.

Impact toolkit:
The impact toolkit includes information on developing an impact strategy, promoting knowledge exchange, public engagement and communicating effectively with your key stakeholders.

Communicating Your Ideas:
This online NERC resource is a guide for successful communication. It also contains details of training courses open to NERC researchers.

Auditing, Benchmarking and Evaluating Public Engagement:
This paper explores the roles of auditing, benchmarking and evaluating university public engagement. It brings a multitude of different approaches together into one framework that seeks to capture the variety of public engagement under seven broad dimensions. There is no single tool to effectively evaluate all forms of university public engagement; however, the paper identifies a number of existing tools that may be effective for different types or dimensions of engagement.


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