Pathways to Excellence in Public Engagement

Holliman, Richard; Hollingworth, Neville; McCombie, June; Leech, Katherine; Townsley, Ruth; Fuller, Ian and Gillespie, Derek (2018). Pathways to Excellence in Public Engagement. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Swindon.



Commissioned by STFC’s Public Engagement Team, the 'Pathways to Excellence in Public Engagement' (PEPE) Report documents the findings of a strategic review to better understand and refine the systems used to create, support, and evaluate high-quality public engagement in the physical sciences community. The report explores how STFC researchers are responding to the requirements to plan for, assess, monitor and report impacts. The scope of the review was defined according to the stages of the peer review system – planning, assessment, monitoring, and reporting. We collected and analysed quantitative and qualitative evidence from the STFC community and the outputs of their research programmes as reported to STFC. We found that the current system of Pathways to Impact Planning is struggling to consistently deliver rigorous, well-resourced programmes of impact-generating activity, including public engagement. Given the challenges identified in this report, it is important to note that each of the issues can be resolved. To this end, nine recommendations are listed in the report alongside an initial action plan, which was co-produced through engagement with STFC Grant Managers and the Advisory Panel for Public Engagement.

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