In UCD, we have a vibrant community of researchers, science communicators and educators who participate in activities and initiatives in public engagement and research stakeholder engagement.
Funding agencies including the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 all place significant weight on the need for greater engagement with public research stakeholders.
In addition, there is increasing pressure to demonstrate the impact that research has beyond academia both at the grant application stages and also at the reporting stage. Engagement with research stakeholders and public engagement can be a pathway to impact.
Engaged Research describes research approaches and methodologies which involve collaboration with publics and research stakeholders and which aim to improve, understand or investigate issues of public concern (IUA, 2016). Public research stakeholders include:
Public Engagement describes the many different ways in which research and activities of higher education can be shared with the public. Public engagement creates the opportunity for people to exchange ideas and information and learn from each other.
Engaged Research Toolkits are available from the Irish Universities Association (IUA)
For monitoring public policy, a number of sources may be useful:
Using theatre and improvisation tools to provide communications training for researchers and academics, this training will help you communicate more effectively with multiple audiences, your partners and teams and people outside your field of expertise.
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