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.  For further guidance, please get in touch by email and we'll be happy to share our knowledge and point you in the right direction.  Our current training and development opportunitie are lsted on this page.

Costing public engagement

Access our internal Public Engagement Costings Guide (PDF, 176kB), introducing you to the principles of costing public engagement activities. 

Taking part in festivals

Check out our List of Festivals (Office document, 21kB) that you can get involved with to share your research, this list will be updated as further details are confirmed.

Virtual public engagement

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) have developed new guidance on adapting to change during the pandemic in the Public Engagement sector and a crowd-sourced resource on creating and running Public Engagement virtual meetings and events

Public events planning 

Toolkits of useful tips and tricks to help you put on a successful public engagement event from the Being Human Festival team. 

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. 

The evaluation of our Invincible project also provides an insight into our learning on how to incorporate responsible research into engagement and the impact on those involved. Download the Invincible evaluation (PDF, 414kB).‌

Collaborative research

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

New practical guidance on Involving the Public in your Research (PDF, 817kB). This table provides ideas to help you identify and plan specific public involvement tasks across the research cycle. 

Evaluating public engagement

Our team can support you in planning and embedding evaluation in your public engagement plans. For a quick fire overview of evaluation and the associated resources, download our Evaluation Guide (PDF, 392kB). You can also email Alison Rivett, the team's Evaluation Officer or check out some of the other resources below.

 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 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 Logo

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

QMUL Public Engagement Evaluation Toolkit
 ‌‌ 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


Evaluating Online Engagement

A guide to online evaluation tools, with best practice examples for evaluating virtual festivals and online Public Engagement with Research events from the University of Oxford
Evaluating Onilne Engagement