Public Engagement is involving the public with research. It is a two-way process which enhances that quality and/or impact of research and is mutually beneficial to both the public and researchers. The type of public engagement activity will vary depending on the reasons for engaging.
|Reason||Why?||Type of PE activity||Evaluation|
|To enlighten and enthuse||To share research and inspire the public||Festivals, discussions, conferences, exhibitions, social media, games, competitions||Did the public gain new knowledge and did this alter their perceptions, actions, or opinions?|
|To discuss and listen||To better inform researchers on the public’s opinions and concerns about their research and to get new viewpoints||Debates, forums, exhibitions, panels, social media||Did the public's insights lead to a change in the researchers approach or way of thinking?|
|To work together||To help shape future research pathways, policy or realisation of research outcomes||Citizen science, exhibitions, social media||Did collaboration of researcher and the public lead to changes in research policy, outcomes or future directions?|