There have been various efforts to design and implement public policies to communicate science and technology in several countries. In Mexico, initiatives have been proposed but few have been materialized. A pioneering initiative was successfully implemented in the State of Michoacán, with the support of the local executive and legislative authorities: the State Program of Diffusion and Popularization of Science and Technology (PEDDCyT), which is comprised of three components:

(1) A systemic diagnosis of science-technology popularization, which included an analysis of the environment in which S&T popularization occurs in Michoacán, an inventory of the activities and resources of S&T popularization in the state, and a SOWT analysis of S&T popularization; (2) A set of public policies on S&T popularization, along with their respective lines of action; (3) A strategic plan of popularization of S&T, which included a prospective component (mission, vision, general objectives), a strategic component (SWOT analysis, strategy, mid-term strategic projects portfolio aimed to strengthen S&T popularization), and a tactical component (set of short-term operational programs and development projects of public communication of science and technology).

The process of formulating the PEDDCyT --which included public policies as a core component-- was marked by a very wide participation of the Michoacán´s S&T popularization community, which generated a product of shared visions, experiences, and aspirations. On the other hand, a proprietary method involving various data collection strategies was developed.

This groundbreaking case is encouraging efforts of the same nature in other Mexican states, as well as in a Latin American country.

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Development of public policy on science-technology popularization
A method and its application in Mexico

Jorge Padilla G.C.   Sociedad Mexicana para la Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Técnica

Lourdes Patiño B.   Sociedad Mexicana para la Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Técnica

There have been various efforts to design and implement public policies to communicate science and technology in several countries. In Mexico, initiatives have been proposed but few have been materialized. A pioneering initiative was successfully implemented in the State of Michoacán, with the support of the local executive and legislative authorities: the State Program of Diffusion and Popularization of Science and Technology (PEDDCyT), which is comprised of three components:

(1) A systemic diagnosis of science-technology popularization, which included an analysis of the environment in which S&T popularization occurs in Michoacán, an inventory of the activities and resources of S&T popularization in the state, and a SOWT analysis of S&T popularization; (2) A set of public policies on S&T popularization, along with their respective lines of action; (3) A strategic plan of popularization of S&T, which included a prospective component (mission, vision, general objectives), a strategic component (SWOT analysis, strategy, mid-term strategic projects portfolio aimed to strengthen S&T popularization), and a tactical component (set of short-term operational programs and development projects of public communication of science and technology).

The process of formulating the PEDDCyT --which included public policies as a core component-- was marked by a very wide participation of the Michoacán´s S&T popularization community, which generated a product of shared visions, experiences, and aspirations. On the other hand, a proprietary method involving various data collection strategies was developed.

This groundbreaking case is encouraging efforts of the same nature in other Mexican states, as well as in a Latin American country.

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