Community engagement and mobilisation: Critique of a public dialogue day

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Wilkinson, C. (2012) Community engagement and mobilisation: Critique of a public dialogue day. Project Report. Swindon, Swindon. Available from:

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On Saturday 25 February 2012 the Connected Communities Programme research funding call in Community Engagement and Mobilisation held a one day dialogue activity. The Science Communication Unit (SCU), University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol undertook a critique of the Dialogue Day assessing whether the objectives of the Dialogue Day had been met. The Dialogue Day was organised and facilitated by an external dialogue contractor, Hopkins Van Mil, supported by the Connected Communities programme team. The Dialogue Day formed part of a two-stage grant application process and was anticipated to provide a one day space in which members of the public could deliberate on some of the issues funding applicants were seeking to address, enabling two-way engagement between the applicants and the participants. The critique contained in this report is ‘light-touch’ and utilises observations, questionnaire and interviews to ascertain the key outcomes of the Dialogue Day. It has gathered data from the perspectives of participants, applicants, dialogue contractor, Connected Communities programme team and the funding panel. In addition to reflecting on a variety of aspects of the day, and its role in the funding process, final outcomes are mapped to the Guiding Principles for public dialogue on science and technology, set out by SciencewiseERC. Overall, this report demonstrates that the public dialogue was a valuable activity which could be considered again for two-stage funding calls of this nature. This critique report summarises a number of key results from the Dialogue Day, around four key themes: context; scope; delivery; and outcomes of the day.

Item Type: Report or Working Paper (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: dialogue, community, public engagement
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Dr C. Wilkinson
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 16:30
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2016 11:12


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