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Evaluating your Public Engagement

Today was...
An example of quantitative evaluation at its very simplest.

"Meeting new people and learning about engagement about University practical advice/frameworks"

"Discussions and interactive sharing"

"Hearing examples of other people's work"

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When and where?

Wednesday 20 February, 13:00 – 14:00, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum.


Evaluating Public Engagement Activities - We all know that evaluation is a way of asking and answering the questions “What was the point of our work. What difference did it make? What did we learn from this?” and yet many of us struggle to get to grips with using evaluation successfully.

In this session you participants had the opportunity to explore different tools and techniques for evaluating the impact for a range of public engagement activities. We also explored the differences between outputs, outcomes, and impact, and shared the challenges and experiences of evaluation.


  • Amelia Markey, Final Year PhD student, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology & Committee Member of the British Science Association, Manchester Branch – This case study looks at the use of both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods for public engagement activities with specific examples from “The Tech factor” run as part of NSEW 2012 and “The Jab Lab” run as part of MSF 2012.

  • Menaka Munro, Curator of Primary Learning, Manchester Museum – This case study explores the use of participative evaluation methods within a museum environment using Generic Learning Outcomes and 5 Ways to Wellbeing to help shape programme events and reporting to funders.

  • Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, The University of Manchester – As the author of a number of evaluation toolkits and publications, Suzanne will facilitate a participative session exploring the why, who, how and what of evaluation. We will tap into your understanding and experiences of evaluation and look at how intended outputs and outcomes can help shape impact. Group discussions will be lead by experienced public engagers.

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