Guides and resources

Wherever you are on your engagement journey, from starting out to seasoned engager, we can help you identify tools and resources to help you plan, develop, and evaluate your public engagement activities and impacts with all kinds of communities. On this page, you'll find a selection of recent tried and tested resources, please get in touch by email or say hello at one of our regular drop-in sessions, and we'll be happy to share our knowledge and point you in the right direction. 

Responsible research and engagement

Our PERFORM toolkits - part of our collaborative EU Horizon 2020-funded project - help early career stage researchers (ECRs) and teachers use creative approaches to explore issues of responsibility, reflexivity, and ethics in scientific research. 

Collaborative research

Guidelines on the Practicalities of collaborative research (PDF, 175kB) and Ethical considerations (PDF, 455kB) of collaborative research

Evaluating public engagement

 
 NCCPE logo National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) evaluation guidance

A concise overview of the evaluation process and guide showing how to use a Logic Model and distinguish between Outputs, Outcomes & Impacts, plus worked examples

Evaluating Public Engagement
 UKRI logo Research Councils UK (now UKRI) Evaluation Practical Guidelines

An in-depth guide to evaluating public engagement activities, covering quantitative and qualitative tools & techniques, plus a question bank

Evaluation: Practical Guidelines
 Sheffield evaluation tree Sheffield University Evaluation ‘Tree’ & Toolkit

A visual representation of various evaluation methods and their benefits, plus a toolkit to help you work through the process

The Evaluation Tree
 Southampton University logo Southampton University Online Planning Tool

A clear and easy-to-use tool with prompts to help you plan an evaluation

Evaluation step by step tool
 UCL Culture logo University College London (UCL) Evaluation Methods Guide

Lots of useful advice and guides to various evaluation methods, broken down into easy-to-find sections

Evaluation Methods Guide
 

Queen Mary University London (QMUL) Evaluation Toolkit

A well-researched and tested resource with relevant and practical advice for all levels of evaluation and impact, developed with the NCCPE & Fast Track Impact (Newly Published)

QMUL Public Engagement Evaluation Toolkit
 ‌University of Bristol logo School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) Evaluation Toolkit

A comprehensive guide to evaluating Public Engagement activities with School Pupils, produced by the Public Engagement team here at the University of Bristol.

Evaluation Toolkit (PDF, 777kB)
Arts Council Generic Learning Outcomes  Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs)

An evaluation framework to evidence outcomes and demonstrate the impact of participants’ broad learning experiences, originally developed by the Art & Museum sector.

The website includes tools & templates, plus related resources including a useful comparison of evaluation methods & GLO Question Bank

There is also a Generic Social Outcomes framework to evidence wider community & social benefits

Generic Learning Outcomes