Literature: Developing a finer grained analysis of research impact: Can we assess the wider effects of public engagement?by Marco Haenssgen
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.
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.
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.
Science Communication evaluation methods at Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust (MLW)– the case of the Samala Moyo projectby Mesh Editorial Team
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.
A guide to developmental evaluation.
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.
This case study acts as an example of using participatory system inquiry and systemic action research to evaluate complex projects.
Literature: Assessing Impact in Dynamic and Complex Environments: Systemic Action Research and Participatory System Inquiry (2014)by Danny Burns
Short paper exploring systemic action research and participatory system inquiry as approaches to assessing impact in social programmes and initiatives.
An introduction to Participatory System Inquiry and Systemic Action Research and their use in evaluating community engagement.
An introduction to Complexity Theory, a theory from which a number of evaluation methods draw.