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Beginners guide to public engagement (PE)

Trainer: Public Engagement Team

Aimed at those who are new to doing public engagement this session will provide a broader overview of

  • what public engagement is
  • why PE is important to you and the public
  • different types of public engagement
  • finding an audience for your research
  • setting aims and objectives for your public engagement
  • and how to evaluate your activity
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Evaluating your public engagement activities

Trainer: Public Engagement Team

Evaluation is an important part of any project, including your Public Engagement.

  • How do you know if your event has been successful?
  • Are your stakeholders happy with the outcomes?
  • Have you learnt anything from the planning and delivery of your PE?
  • Have you achieved any impact?

This session will help you to take a more detailed look at how and when to evaluate your public engagement activities, focusing on different methods of evaluation, as well a chance to discuss your projects with your peers and the PE Team.

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Identifying, understanding and engaging the public

Trainers: Public Engagement Team and Widening Participation Team

In the world of Public Engagement there is no "general public". So who do you need to be engaging with, and what is the best way to do it?

This session will help you to consider:

  • The difference between public engagement and widening participation
  • who your public(s) are in general, and specific, to your research
  • Why the public might want to be involved in research
  • Barriers and opportunities for engaging with the public
  • Developing and delivering PE activities to suit your public
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Involving and Engaging Patients and Public in Health Research - PPIE

Trainer: Prof.

Sophie Staniszewska, WMS

This event is being supported by the Health Global Research Priority


Health research is carried out to improve the outcomes of the patient, so why does the patient and public get left out of the development and delivery of research?

Come along to this session and see how you might start including more PPIE in to your research.

Session covers:

  • What is patient and public involvement and engagement?
  • The drivers, values and motivations that underpin involvement and engagement
  • Key policy initiatives
  • Understanding key concepts such as co-production
  • Understanding what good PPIE practice looks like
  • Exploring PPIE in complex areas
  • Developing your own involvement and engagement practice
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Presenting your research to the public - skills workshop

Trainer: Duncan Yellowlees

Presenting to the public can be a scary thought, especially for a lot or researchers who's comfort zone is presenting their research at a conference. So how do you communicate your science in an engaging way?

Come along to this session to find out more about:

  • why storytelling can be an effective tool for engagement
  • body language, vocal use, and emotional projection - and why these techniques
  • developing your own short research story in order to practice the techniques
Reporting and Evidencing PPIE in Health Research – Using GRIPP2 as a tool

Trainer: Prof. Sophie Staniszewska, WMS

As with all good practice PPIE is no different, and building an evidence base is important for embedding culture change.

In this session you can find out more about how you can start to report on your PPIE more effectively to your peers, patients, and funders, as well as helping to build the evidence base needed for embedding culture change

This session will cover:

  • Why reporting the PPIE in your research is important
  • The role of PPIE reporting in evaluation of impact
  • How to report your PPIE using GRIPP2
  • A practical session on using GRIPP2 short form
  • Case studies on the use of GRIPP2
Writing effective public engagement funding/grant applications

Trainer: Dr. Lesley Paterson

Engagement, Evaluation & Communications

(University of Oxford)

Whether it's for a main research grant applications or a particular PE pot, funders are looking for high quality and well thought out PE plans and applications.

Come along to this session and get more information on:

  • Understanding a PE grant application – language, guidance etc
  • Structuring a grant application – how best to answer the questions and “lay out” the application
  • Effective / impactful project description - to explain exactly what you want to do, why, and making it SMART
  • Realistic timings, costings and resources required

*You must have attended at least one training session run by the PE team or completed the A Beginners Guide to Public Engagement moodle before attending this session.

Dr Lesley Paterson, Engagement, Evaluation & Communications

Lesley is a freelance consultant, specialising in public engagement, evaluation and communications. Lesley has worked in public engagement for 20 years, and has significant expertise and experience in the public engagement strategy, culture change, evaluation, grant funding, public dialogue, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, project and event management, and training provision. Lesley started life as a marine biologist wanting to work with dolphins and ended up slightly down the evolutionary scale with a PhD in marine worms.

Lesley is also the Head of Public Engagement with Research at the University of Oxford; was previously Head of Communications & Engagement at the Royal Academy of Engineering; Public Engagement Project Manager at the Wellcome Trust and other engagement roles include the University of Edinburgh and Roslin Institute. Current and previous freelance clients include: National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement; Wellcome Trust; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; Engineering and Physical Research Council and the University of Manchester.

Online toolkit coming soon!

Are you new to Public Engagement or our training programme?

We recommend that all researchers new to Public Engagement or our specialised training courses attend the Beginners Guide session before attending other sessions.

You can either attend a "face to face" session in the table opposite, or complete our online course available on Moodle.