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What works in the field? Evaluating informal science events

Grand, Ann; Sardo, Ana Margarida

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Ann Grand



Abstract

Around the world, increasing numbers of people are attending informal science events, often ones that are part of multi-event festivals that cross cultural boundaries. For the researchers who take part, and the organizers, evaluating the events' success, value, and effectiveness is hugely important. However, the use of traditional evaluation methods such as paper surveys and formal structured interviews poses problems in informal, dynamic contexts. In this article, we draw on our experience of evaluating events that literally took place in a field, and discuss evaluation methods we have found to be simple yet useful in such situations.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 11, 2017
Publication Date Dec 11, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 3, 2018
Journal Frontiers in Communication
Print ISSN 2297-900X
Electronic ISSN 2297-900X
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Article Number 22
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2017.00022
Keywords evaluation, methodology, informal events, science communication, public engagement, non-traditional methods
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/902061
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2017.00022
Related Public URLs https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomm.2017.00022/full?&utm_source=Email_to_authors_&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=T1_11.5e1_author&utm_campaign=Email_publication&field=&journalName=Frontiers_in_Communication&id=312314
Contract Date Jan 3, 2018

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