Environmental Engagement in Practice: Evaluation, sustainability and making a case

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Join us for this day-long workshop on evaluation, developing sustainable engagement practice, and making a case for the value of engagement. 

Part of our Environmental Engagement in Practice events programme, 'Evaluation, sustainability and making a case' is a free, practical, online event that will explore the challenges of evaluating your public engagement programme effectively, if and how to sustain your work, and how to evidence the value of engagement within your research and practice. 

We will support you to develop a strong evaluation plan, with mini-workshops where you can explore key skills such as how to design evaluation questions and unpick the ethics of your evaluation practice. You will hear from speakers, who have developed sustainable engagement practice and partnerships, on their experiences and the tools they have found most useful. Finally, you will focus on how to advocate for the value of engagement, with sessions on how to write engagement into funding applications, evidencing impact through narrative case studies as seen in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), and the role of engagement in creating impact through research. 

This event will include talks, interactive workshops, and networking, with opportunities for you to join breakout discussions with fellow practitioners and reflect on your own practice.

The full agenda will be shared closer to the day.

Is this event for me?

These events are intended for anyone working with environmental research with an interest in engagement and knowledge exchange. In particular, this event is aimed at anyone who has experienced one or more of the challenges listed, and wants to explore practical methods and solutions for addressing them in the future.

We welcome people at all stages of their engagement journey, from those with lots of experience of public engagement to those who are just starting out. This includes:

  • Environmental researchers (PhD and above; project staff)
  • Policy makers working with environmental research/researchers
  • Creative and community practitioners working with environmental research
  • Others who can demonstrate a connection with environmental research to their work

This event is intended for those working in the UK or with projects linked to UK funding or collaborators. Please email alyssa.chafee@uwe.ac.uk if you have any questions.


Join us to learn, reflect together, and share fresh ideas and perspectives.

Registration has now closed.

Previous events

This event is the final in a three-part online series, exploring essential themes and skills for public engagement with environmental research. It is led by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Find out more about events in the series 

Get in touch

If you have any questions or queries about this event, please do contact us:

NCCPE contact - Alyssa Chafee, Senior Project Officer (alyssa.chafee@uwe.ac.uk)
NERC contact - Grace Macmillan, Public Engagement Programme Manager (publicengagement@nerc.ukri.org)

The Environmental Engagement in Practice programme was developed as part of the NERC Researcher Engage Academy.