Research and Knowledge Exchange

How to... Engage the public in research

Resources to help you with engaging public(s) and doing research in partnership.

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)

NCCPE define public engagement as "the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit."

Their website provides practical tips on how to plan, do and evaluate public engagement with research.

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Beltane Public Engagement Network (Beltane)

Beltane is network for people interested in making academic research accessible to a wide variety of audiences. The Beltane is a supported by four Edinburgh universities: the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.

Beltane support staff and students in their network through formal and informal learning programmes, fellowships, and opportunities to engage. They provide information about the growing field of, and issues around public engagement through our website, twitter, ebulletins, and introductory sessions.   They also work to build meaningful dialogue about the role of engaged universities in Scotland with MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

Go to Beltane website

Manifesto for Partnership Research

The manifesto can be used as a tool for people interested in research partnerships, whether from third or public sector organisations, or researchers themselves. Developed by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), in consultation with Research Impact (Canada) and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (UK)

Go to Manifesto for Partnership Research

The A-Z of Co-Design: A brief introduction to participatory design

"Many of the hints and tips are based on our own experiences of delivering a rich, varied programme of co-design activities as part of Mobility, Mood and Place. We’ve combined insights from this work with those of experts from a range of fields – from planning to design, geography to health, sociology to gerontology." Developed by the Mobility, Mood and Place Research Centre.

Go to A-Z of Co-Design