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

INTRAC has launched the M&E universe, a free, online resource for development practitioners involved in monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

11th July 2019 • comment
15th February 2019 • comment

Informal Science

by Mesh Editorial team
24th January 2018 • comment

A resource from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent to support Community Engagement at the centre of humanitarian work.

24th November 2017 • 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

Critical Realist Evaluation

by Mesh Editorial Team

This resource about critical realist evaluation resulted from a presentation given by Emma Richardson 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.  

13th October 2017 • comment

This study, which took place in the U.S, may be of interest to Mesh readers interested in the power of 'community voice' on decision-making in health policy and research.  

6th October 2017 • comment

A summary of a report exploring Community Engagement, what it means to global health researchers and its relationship to research ethics. 

29th September 2017 • comment

This case study is about a proposed programme of work on evaluation of the various engagement activities (public and community) that are undertaken at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP). The case study was based on a presentation delivered at the Mesh Evaluating Community Engagement Workshop 2017. 

15th September 2017 • comment

An overview of a project which used participatory theatre methods to disseminate messages about health promoting behaviours within informal settlements in Gujurat, India. The project was evaluated using 'quasi-experimental' quantitative methods.

10th September 2017 • comment

Guide: Community Toolkit

by Mesh Editorial team
10th August 2017 • comment
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Guide: Coinquiry Toolkit

by Mesh Editorial team
10th August 2017 • comment
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5th July 2017 • comment

A participant of the Mesh evaluating engagement workshop (March 2017) gives there reflection on the workshop and the key learning that came from it.

30th March 2017 • comment

A participant of the Mesh evaluating engagement workshop (March 2017) reflects on the learning from the workshop, focusing on points useful for health policy and systems researchers with an interest in gender and ethics.

27th March 2017 • comment

A participant reflection on the Mesh Evaluating Community Engagement Workshop (March 2017) which aimed to move forward the debates surrounding evaluation by drawing on practical experiences. 

23rd March 2017 • comment

Fishy Clouds, a puppet theatre show, was created to engage the community on issues of antimicrobial resistance and research with children in Thailand. Fishy Clouds ran for twelve shows during the months of November and December 2016 in schools, hospitals, theatres and health centres. The show was performed in Bangkok and in the greater Mae Sot area in the Tak district of Thailand.

9th February 2017 • comment

This user friendly set of quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation tools allows users to capture, collate and analyze Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CSE) data at the clinical trial site-level. The database is designed to support engagement teams working on clinical trials on a daily, monthly, quarterly and biannual basis.

6th December 2016 • comment

In 2013, Art in Global Health set up artist residencies in six Wellcome Trust-funded research centres as a way of teasing out some of the more personal, philosophical, cultural and political dimensions of health research. This exciting project was born out of Wellcome Collection's desire to engage the curious public globally with the health research that the Trust funds - in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK. 

26th August 2016 • comment

A descriptive summary in table form of community and public engagement activities from a selection of Wellcome Trust linked programmes and projects in low- and middle-income countries.

1st August 2016 • comment

The original manual to Outcome Mapping produced by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

28th July 2016 • comment

This report is based on conversations that took place at the Wellcome Trust’s fourth international engagement workshop: ‘Engaging with impact: how do we know if we have made a difference?’ The workshop took place in South Africa in October 2012.

28th July 2016 • comment

The ‘Rainbow’ framework guides the reader through a series of key questions to systematically look at all the issues involved when planning an evaluation.

28th July 2016 • comment

Developed for engagement in community regeneration in the UK, Auditing Community Participation looks at ways of assessing levels of community involvement in area regeneration initiatives.

26th July 2016 • comment

Guide: Ingenious Evaluation Toolkit

by Royal Academy of Engineering

A guide to evaluation of public engagement developed by the Royal Academy of Engineers, UK. Whilst not specific to health and community engagement it is a useful starting point to those looking to evaluate any engagement project.

26th July 2016 • comment

A guide to evaluating public engagement events, with a focus on events and research dissemination rather than more concerted community engagement.

26th July 2016 • comment

A comprehensive guide to theory of change which can be used as a valuable tool for evaluating community engagement projects.

26th July 2016 • 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

Introduction to a realist evaluation discussion list for those working with realist evaluation. Realist Evaluation can be a valuable tool to evaluate community engagement projects.

26th July 2016 • comment

Introduction to two influential introductory texts on Realist Evaluation: Realistic Evaluation and The Science of Evaluation: a realist manifesto. Realist evaluation can be used to effectively evaluate community engagement activities.

26th July 2016 • comment

A clear and accessible introduction to evaluation of social media linked to community radio initiatives but with wider application. 

25th July 2016 • comment

an extensive introduction to the growing and changing role of social media in communication with an emphasis on developing country experience.

25th July 2016 • comment

A blog post from Kissmetrics describing how best to get started with social media measurement. Whilst primarily business and Northern focused this post nevertheless clearly explains the general steps of how to evaluate social media and incudes links to social media tracking tools that are useful for CE activities using social media.

25th July 2016 • comment

A Mesh introduction to evaluating projects that engage communities through social media.

21st July 2016 • comment

This annotated bibliography is a useful tool for those looking to analyse and visualise networks as a way to evaluate community engagement projects.

18th July 2016 • comment

A tookit and guide to participatory methods for collectively visualising and analysing networks for planning and evaluation purposes.

18th July 2016 • comment

A Mesh introduction to network based approaches to evaluation which focus on changes in relationships and networks as a key outcome of interest.

18th July 2016 • comment

A practical guide including clear step by step explanations of how to develop a theory of change for an organisation or project

15th 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

This resource presents a list of useful websites and discussion forums on evaluation.

1st July 2016 • comment

Introduction to one-stop site for evaluation of community sustainability engagement projects.

1st July 2016 • comment

An introduction to the Manchester University (UK) Guide to evaluating engagement.

1st July 2016 • comment

Introduction to RCUK's Evaluation of Engagement guide.

1st July 2016 • comment

Literature: Who Counts? The power of participatory statistics

by Jeremy Holland, 2013 Practical Action Publishing, Rugby, UK

An introduction to the book Who Counts? The power of participatory statistics and some of the case studies within it.

1st July 2016 • comment

Outcome Mapping - A Mesh Introduction

by Mesh Editorial Team

Outcome Mapping is a planning, monitoring and evaluation approach that is particularly helpful for evaluating multi-stakeholder projects. It seeks to assess the contribution of a project to changes in the relationships and behaviour of those it comes into direct contact with and has influence over. This page gives a brief introduction to the 'Outcome Mapping' evaluation approach, with links to the Outcome Mapping manual, the Outcome Mapping Learning community, some introductory presentations and videos, and case studies.

1st July 2016 • comment

An introduction to the use of Participatory Statistics for evaluating engagement.

1st July 2016 • comment

An introduction to Most Significant Change, a qualitative and participatory monitoring and evaluation approach that uses stories of change to assess the impact of projects and programmes.

1st July 2016 • comment

An Introduction to Realist Evaluation, a valuable method for addressing the complexity of social programmes.

1st July 2016 • comment

An introduction to what is meant by a Theory of Change in evaluation. 

1st July 2016 • comment

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

1st July 2016 • comment

An introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis, an approach for systematic comparison of cases.

1st July 2016 • comment

An Introduction to Evalutaion Case Studies.

1st July 2016 • comment

Case studies and tools for evaluating community engagement activities that engage through the arts.

11th April 2016 • comment

A summary of research and consultation with the community dance sector in the UK designed to address the ‘quality’ of artistic practice, and highlight the criteria that people were using in practice in their work, rather than seeking to define a prescriptive evaluation approach.

6th April 2016 • comment

Evaluation report from the Wellcome Trust's Sciart funding programme

6th April 2016 • comment

Workshop Report: Discussion on the ethical, social and cultural issues that surround research into food, health and the environment as well as the best ways of producing activities that inform, consult and collaborate with communities.

7th January 2016 • comment