Impact Assessment of Science Communication Initiatives and  Policies: what do we know about it? Evaluation and assessment are seen by many as something being forced on all activities, including those of science communication. But the study of the outcomes and impacts of science communication initiatives and policies (SCIP) can help us gain knowledge about their value and also about their weaknesses. Beyond evaluation of the individual results and effects of a single SCIP at a specific time, it is also important to strength research about the effects of SCIPs across broader spectrums of geography, history and groups of initiatives and policies. This is precisely what is meant when we speak of the measurement or assessment of ¨impact¨. In recent years, networks of science communication (such as ECSITE, ASTC, EUSEA, ASDC, REDPOP, etc.), as well some funding organisations (such as the EC) and researchers in the field of science in society, have started to dedicate a considerable effort to assessing the real impacts of SCIPs and to develop strong methodologies and indicators. Traditionally, studies have been centred on the educational value of SCIPs but now some other effects are being analysed, such as their emotional and inspirational value, the economic impact for the region, the impact on media attention to science, the influence in local policies, the effects on the professional careers of scientists or teachers taking part This panel will explore: Which kind of effects do SCIPs have and on whom, and how can they be measured?

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Impact assessment of science communication initiatives and policies
What do we know about it?

Brian Trench   Dublin City University

Gema Revuelta   Science Communication Observatory/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Eric Allen Jensen   Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer), Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Richard Holliman   Research, Scholarship and Quality Unit, The Open University, United Kingdom

Gabriela Frías Villegas   Science Commmunication Unit. Nuclear Science Institute, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico

Impact Assessment of Science Communication Initiatives and  Policies: what do we know about it? Evaluation and assessment are seen by many as something being forced on all activities, including those of science communication. But the study of the outcomes and impacts of science communication initiatives and policies (SCIP) can help us gain knowledge about their value and also about their weaknesses. Beyond evaluation of the individual results and effects of a single SCIP at a specific time, it is also important to strength research about the effects of SCIPs across broader spectrums of geography, history and groups of initiatives and policies. This is precisely what is meant when we speak of the measurement or assessment of ¨impact¨. In recent years, networks of science communication (such as ECSITE, ASTC, EUSEA, ASDC, REDPOP, etc.), as well some funding organisations (such as the EC) and researchers in the field of science in society, have started to dedicate a considerable effort to assessing the real impacts of SCIPs and to develop strong methodologies and indicators. Traditionally, studies have been centred on the educational value of SCIPs but now some other effects are being analysed, such as their emotional and inspirational value, the economic impact for the region, the impact on media attention to science, the influence in local policies, the effects on the professional careers of scientists or teachers taking part This panel will explore: Which kind of effects do SCIPs have and on whom, and how can they be measured?

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