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Evaluation research and the power of internal reflective practice

This session will explore evaluation as a self-reflection tool for different contexts and formats and the implication for project design as well as content development. Our panel will cover current aspects of evaluation methodologies and tools based on applications from the science centre field and from the healthcare sector. We will discuss evaluation of participatory citizen science projects. Furthermore, we will explore how to co-design research with visitors and researchers and the implications for new initiatives and citizen science. Finally, we will present ways of working with visitors and non-visitors to gain a better understanding of their motivation for interacting with an exhibition theme and look at how this feeds into the exhibition development process.

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Audience Engagement Advisor
Lizzy Moriarty
United Kingdom

Session speakers

Research Assistant
Barcelona Institute for Global Health
Based on the acknowledgment of the impact evaluation as key elements for the development of responsible, ethical, coherent and effective research and innovations. Valeria presents the InSPIRES evaluation tool: an online tool aiming to share and evaluate participatory projects. We will examine its dimensions: Knowledge Democracy; Citizen-led Research; Participatory Dynamics; Transformative Change and Integrity. We will also discuss the usability of the tool in different contexts and its sustainability.
post PhD
University of Florence
Science Café is a science communication format where the debate is driven by the questions of the public. In the lockdown, we experimented with a completely online Science Cafè organizing more than 10 events- We evaluated them in terms of participation (how many "live" attendees, questions, debates in the chat, number of visualizations after the event), and with a satisfaction survey to compare this new format to the old one. I will present how we collected and analysed the data to evaluate the online version.
Project Manager and PhD Student
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona & Institute for Global Health of Barcelona
The Hospital Clínic’s Patient Experience Forum uses a new and effective evaluation method in a collaborative open space where all stakeholders exchange ideas to improve healthcare, emphasising the voice of patients and their caregivers. The PEF is also a physical space in the hospital to rethink and co-create improvements to services for patients. It uses participatory research methodologies, incorporating the patient's perspective and implementing transformative change for healthcare.
Research Project Associate
Front-end evaluation is a crucial tool for exhibition developers to reflect on their assumptions and professional biases. Ultimately, it helps address potential discrepancies between an institution’s vision and its audiences’ needs before the exhibition opens. Daria provides useful insight into how the exhibitions team of Science Gateway at CERN, set out to explore expectations and pre-conceptions of visitors and non-visitors to ensure that the exhibition is attractive, accessible and relevant for them.
Senior Research Fellow
Based on the work carried out in the Cost Action on citizen science, EU-Citizen Science and InSPIRES projects, Bálint gives an introduction to evaluation strategies for citizen science projects that make data quality and project design better in citizen science projects. Contributions and experience of citizen scientist can be recorded with multiple tools that assure quality of data. In this way doing better citizen science can trigger transformative change in the research and innovation sector.