Participatory evaluation is a concept relevant to science communication on multiple levels. Best practice science communication should involve interaction and iteration participatory evaluation incorporates both of these principles.
 
Evaluation of science communication activities is essential for the discipline of science communication to progress. However evaluation shouldn’t just be the domain of academics and policy makers, for the same reasons scientists shouldn’t be the only ones making decisions about science.
Participatory evaluation calls for “radically rethinking who initiates and undertakes the process, and who learns or benefits from the findings” (Institute of Development Studies, 1998). This concept emerged in the field of international development; however it is equally applicable to developments in science and technology internationally. The practice of science communication has moved from a top-down model to two-way engagement - evaluation of science communication activities should share this model of best practice.
 
How does this concept work in practice? Cobi will discuss how participatory evaluation is being used to inform science communication practice, in the context of ‘Inspiring Australia: a national strategy for engagement with the sciences’.
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Participatory evaluation of science communication

Cobi Smith   Australian National University

Participatory evaluation is a concept relevant to science communication on multiple levels. Best practice science communication should involve interaction and iteration participatory evaluation incorporates both of these principles.
 
Evaluation of science communication activities is essential for the discipline of science communication to progress. However evaluation shouldn’t just be the domain of academics and policy makers, for the same reasons scientists shouldn’t be the only ones making decisions about science.
Participatory evaluation calls for “radically rethinking who initiates and undertakes the process, and who learns or benefits from the findings” (Institute of Development Studies, 1998). This concept emerged in the field of international development; however it is equally applicable to developments in science and technology internationally. The practice of science communication has moved from a top-down model to two-way engagement - evaluation of science communication activities should share this model of best practice.
 
How does this concept work in practice? Cobi will discuss how participatory evaluation is being used to inform science communication practice, in the context of ‘Inspiring Australia: a national strategy for engagement with the sciences’.

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