The CreScENDO report covers a two-year action research project looking at awareness and understanding among PSE (public engagement of science and engineering) stakeholders and practitioners of other similar projects in their field and in related informal education. The report highlights a lack of coordination throughout the PSE community and found that little evaluation of PSE activities is actually undertaken. Furthermore, where lessons were learned from evaluation, these were not disseminated to any other group or project that might benefit. The PSE community was very disjointed with most practitioners working alone and unaware of the bigger picture, particularly in many HEIs, where there is little understanding or coordination of PSE initiatives, and individual departments are also working in isolation. The report identifies some of the barriers to building capacity and sharing knowledge and resources (occupational and institutional), looks at the different reasons why people are engaging the public, and acknowledges that it would be impossible to impose any coordination on such a diverse community. The CreScENDO project does, however, demonstrate methods that encourage the community to learn, share resources, and build capacity and understanding through personal interaction, mentoring, lateral networking (i.e. neither top down nor bottom up) and strong leadership. The report argues that there is a need for ‘Animateurs’ to energise, organise and interact with various projects across the whole UK and enable PSE initiatives to become more successful and efficient.

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The CreScENDO report (Networking and joining up of science and engineering engagement activities)

Steve Mesure   The Creative Science Consultancy

The CreScENDO report covers a two-year action research project looking at awareness and understanding among PSE (public engagement of science and engineering) stakeholders and practitioners of other similar projects in their field and in related informal education. The report highlights a lack of coordination throughout the PSE community and found that little evaluation of PSE activities is actually undertaken. Furthermore, where lessons were learned from evaluation, these were not disseminated to any other group or project that might benefit. The PSE community was very disjointed with most practitioners working alone and unaware of the bigger picture, particularly in many HEIs, where there is little understanding or coordination of PSE initiatives, and individual departments are also working in isolation. The report identifies some of the barriers to building capacity and sharing knowledge and resources (occupational and institutional), looks at the different reasons why people are engaging the public, and acknowledges that it would be impossible to impose any coordination on such a diverse community. The CreScENDO project does, however, demonstrate methods that encourage the community to learn, share resources, and build capacity and understanding through personal interaction, mentoring, lateral networking (i.e. neither top down nor bottom up) and strong leadership. The report argues that there is a need for ‘Animateurs’ to energise, organise and interact with various projects across the whole UK and enable PSE initiatives to become more successful and efficient.

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

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