This article, published with a creative commons licence on the LSE Impact Blog, suggests a more comprehensive and balanced approach for the evaluation of public engagement, drawing on evaluation criteria commonly used in aid evaluation.

5th September 2019 • comment

Summary of academic paper critiquing experimental approaches to public engagement advocating instead an 'organic engagement' approach with 'ecological validation' which explores the context and mechanisms in which public's deliberations and opinions are formed. The paper is not open access however a comprehensive summary is given here. 

15th October 2017 • comment

This resource from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam shares their Science Theatre work and evaluation. The piece results from a presentation given at the March 2017 Mesh Evaluation workshop. For more information and links to other resources that emerged from the workshop (which will be built upon over time) visit the workshop page.  

14th October 2017 • comment

Robin Vincent, Evaluation Consultant, UK gives an introduction to evaluating engagement with particular focus on the Theory of Change approach and how complexity in engagement can be navigated in evaluation.

5th July 2017 • comment

Guide: Developmental Evaluation - A Practitioners' Guide

by Elizabeth Dozois, Marc Langlois, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

A guide to developmental evaluation.

26th July 2016 • comment

A Mesh introduction to developmental evaluation. An evaluation approach used when it isn’t clear at the start of a project which intervention is the most appropriate and what aspects of the context are most important to address.

26th July 2016 • comment

This case study acts as an example of using participatory system inquiry and systemic action research to evaluate complex projects.

15th July 2016 • comment

Short paper exploring systemic action research and participatory system inquiry as approaches to assessing impact in social programmes and initiatives.

15th July 2016 • comment

An introduction to Participatory System Inquiry and Systemic Action Research and their use in evaluating community engagement.

15th July 2016 • comment

An introduction to Complexity Theory, a theory from which a number of evaluation methods draw.

1st July 2016 • comment