Despite growing interest in public engagement with research, and general acceptance of its importance, relatively little is understood within the sector about how to plan for and evaluate the impact(s) of such wide-ranging activities placed under the broad umbrella of 'public engagement'. Vertigo Venture recently hosted a weinar with Paul Manners (Director) and Sophie Duncan (Deputy Director) of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), to share lessons learnt about assessment of impact(s) arising from public engagement in REF 2014, and, the works currently underway aimed at providing a more robust framework for evaluating impact(s) arising from public engagement for REF2021.
The webinar explores:
- Lessons learned about the assessment of impacts arising from public engagement in REF 2014
- The NCCPE’s draft framework describing the key pathways to impact realised through engaging the public with research
- How HEIs and researchers can apply this framework to inform their planning for REF 2021
You can watch the webinar here:
About the speaker
The webinar will be led by Paul Manners, Director of the NCCPE. Paul is also Associate Professor of Public Engagement at UWE Bristol.
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is internationally recognised for its work supporting and inspiring universities to engage with the public. It works to change perspectives, promote innovation, and nurture and celebrate excellence. It champions meaningful engagement that makes a real and valued difference to people’s lives.
The NCCPE is supported by the UK Higher Education Councils, Research Councils UK and Wellcome, and has been hosted by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England since it was established in 2008.
About Vertigo Ventures
Since 2010, Vertigo Ventures (VV) has been working with leading research organisations globally to help them identify, capture and report the impact of their work. Currently, VV are working closely with several universities in the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong to help them best prepare for their national research assessment exercises of REF 2021, EIA 2018 and RAE 2020 respectively.
VV provides a range of services, such as impact training workshops, consultancy services, and, its proprietary software VV-Impact Tracker. All of them utilise VV’s innovative online impact capture and reporting framework, VV-Impact Metrics, developed over the past decade with close industry input. VV’s depth of impact expertise enables their clients to put their best foot forward in embedding impact measurement and reporting, and, ultimately to maximise the reach and significance of their work.
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