Evaluating Public Engagement with Research: Why, How and When to Evaluate

The Forum

The Forum is a termly series of events for Oxford's research community to explore and debate Public Engagement with Research practice and policy and provide opportunities for sharing learning and networking.

Evaluation can be used to collect evidence and reflect on public engagement with research (PER). When used effectively, evaluation can help you evidence the impact of PER, support future funding applications and ensure engagement is fit for purpose and participants. But how does evaluation work in practice?

Join us at the next PER Forum to find out:

  • Why evaluate PER
  • How to evaluate the impacts and outcomes of PER
  • How to ensure evaluation is relevant and engaging for different audiences and groups
  • What evaluation looks like in practice – hear from academics who will share examples of high-quality engagement that has been evaluated


To book your place at the Forum, please complete this registration form.

Timings and Format

9.10 - 9.30am:     Registration & refreshments (tea, coffee and pastries)

9.30 - 10.30am:   Introduction to PER evaluation & Panel deliberations

10.30 – 11.10am: Facilitated small group discussions & feedback

11.10 - 11.30am:   Feedback & discussion

Who should attend?

Researchers; Public Engagement Facilitators; Impact Officers. This event is for those who are new to or inexperienced in evaluating PER.

When will the next Forum take place?

The Forum will occur once a term at different times (to help accommodate staff with differing work/life circumstances), try out different formats (debates, workshops etc) and discuss a range of topics.

If you would like to keep up to date with news of the next Forum, you can sign up the PER Digest, a monthly email newsletter with PER updates and opportunities. To subscribe please email publicengagement@admin.ox.ac.uk with "Start PER Digest" in the subject line.

We would welcome ideas and suggestions for future PER Forum topics; please do let us know via the same email as above. 

Previous PER Forums

Early Career Researchers: when to get engaged?

The first PER Forum took place on the 12th December and explored the place of public engagement as an Early Career Researcher. The event brought together a panel of academics experienced in PER to explore; what are the pros and cons for ECRs undertaking PER and how can we improve research culture to enable ECRs to pursue their public engagement aspirations.

See here for more opportunities and support for ECRs in PER.


ECRs PER - take five - PER Forum.pdf40.48 KB

Researcher Training

Public Engagement with Research


Open to all