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What works: Public Engagement in Practice

13 Feb 2018

National Centre for Coordinating Engagement announce social media event

The National Centre for Coordinating Engagement (NCCPE) are delighted to announce the first in a series of ‘what works’ events. 

The first topic focusses on the use of social media in engaging the public with research. Last year the NCCPE commissioned a short piece of desk research to explore the use of social media in engaging the public with research. The researcher found:

  • Researchers are mainly using social media for the purposes of peer-to-peer networking and dissemination, and many receive support from their universities to do so
  • Significantly fewer researchers use social media to open up conversations or invite collaboration from the public. 

The NCCPE are looking to develop support for academics who want to engage the public with social media, and are keen to hear from you. 

What excellent practice have we missed? Have you researched the use of social media and have ideas of how to make this work well? Do you have tools to support people wanting to enhance their work in this area? Have you come up with ways of addressing the challenges in this way? If so, please read the NCCPE’s  latest blog ‘social media – a ‘go-go’ or ‘no-go’ for quality public engagement? To submit evidence visit call for evidence.