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Evaluation research and the power of internal reflective practice

This session explores evaluation as a self-reflection tool and how it can be used for quality assurance and stakeholder engagement. Our panel will cover current aspects of evaluation tools based on adaptations due to Covid-19 with examples from the science centre field and from the healthcare sector. We will discuss evaluation of participatory projects using a new online tool which has been built from review and research of the pros and cons of current evaluation methodologies. This session will provide guidelines illustrated with examples from science cafes, exhibition development and participatory projects. Be part of the debate and contribute your experience and questions in this stimulating reverse session!


Audience Engagement Advisor
Lizzy Moriarty
United Kingdom

Session speakers

Project Manager
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona & Institute for Global Health of Barcelona
InSPIRES is an H2020 project that have been working on the concept participatory research project through intermediary units such as Science Shop. During the session, the online database and impact evaluation methodology and tool will be presented. It aims at supporting the community's mutual learning by sharing and evaluating participatory projects. The tool is based on 5 dimensions: Knowledge Democracy; Citizen-led Research; Participatory Dynamics; Transformative Change and Integrity. Indicators are constructed on data collected through questionnaires developed for 4 phases (beginning, mid-term, end and 6 months after the end of the project) and to 4 types of agents (CSOs members, students, scientists, and project manager). Data analysis is automatic and 4 levels of visualization are offered. The participants will learn about the methodology and how to use the tool and implement the methodology in their participatory projects.
post PhD
University of Florence
Science Café is a science communication format where the debate is driven by the questions of the public. In lockdown, we experimented with a new on-line Science Cafè with over 10 events. We evaluated the events in terms of participation ("live" attendance, 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.
Senior Research Fellow
Based on the work carried out in the Cost Action on citizen science, EU-Citizen Science and InSPIRES projects Bálint introduces 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 the quality of data. In this way doing better citizen science can trigger a transformative change in the research and innovation sector.
Research Project Associate
Front-end evaluation is a crucial tool for exhibition developers to reflect on their assumptions and biases. It empowers potential visitors to directly influence many aspects of a future exhibition. The team of CERN Science Gateway, a new outreach centre, launched a full-fledged research project exploring visitors’ conceptions and interests, to ensure they will be accommodated by the future exhibition. Daria will share a thrilling story of how a carefully designed research methodology of this project had to be changed almost overnight because of the COVID-19 restrictions, and how it eventually impacted the future exhibition.