UCL Beacon for Public Engagement Evaluation Framework

This evaluation framework was developed in 2009 to evaluate UCL’s public engagement programme as part of the Beacons for Public Engagement initiative. The framework provides a structure and a skeleton for the appraisal of the programme and projects undertaken. This framework is currently being reviewed

  • The framework is based on the strategic aims of the Beacon programme
  • The framework uses a qualitative approach that allows for plurality and diversity
  • It is crucial to assess and measure what is important rather than what is easy to measure
  • The framework identifies examples of measures, indicators and methods that signal whether elements and activities have been successfully achieved
  • Measuring impacts of public engagement is complex as they are often multi-layers and hard to assess
  • The framework develops potential indicators to provide proxies for impact

Monitoring and evaluation processes help to collect evidence and inform an understanding of how these dimensions have been met. In order to do this a number of proxies for culture change have been developed in the form of potential indicators.

These combine quantitative and qualitative measures to understand and capture the processes, outputs, outcomes and impacts of the programme and projects. It is important to note that these criteria should be seen as an emergent, ever-evolving, open ended list.

The framework has been developed from a process of consultation, collaboration and contemplation drawing upon a range of literature, research studies and the experiences of the UCL Public Engagement Unit, other Beacons, public engagement academics and practitioners.

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