Maximizing the Policy Impacts of Public Engagement: A European Study

TitleMaximizing the Policy Impacts of Public Engagement: A European Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsEmery, SB, Mulder, HAJ, Frewer, LJ
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Volume40
Issue3
Pagination421-444
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number01622439
KeywordsBETROTHAL , Evidence , Government , impact , policy , practitioners , PUBLIC , research
AbstractThere is a lack of published evidence which demonstrates the impacts of public engagement (PE) in science and technology policy. In this article, the authors propose a simple conceptual model to capture this information, based on semistructured interviews with both policy makers and PE practitioners. A range of criteria are identified to increase the policy impact of PE. The role of PE practitioners in realizing impacts through their interactions with policy makers in the informal “in-between” spaces of public engagement is emphasized. However, the potential contradictions between the pursuit of policy impacts and the more traditional conceptualizations of PE effectiveness are discussed. The main barrier to the identification of policy impacts from PE may lie within policy processes themselves. Political institutions have responsibility to establish formalized procedures for monitoring the uptake and use of evidence from PE in their decision-making processes. 
NotesEmery, Steven B. 1 Mulder, Henk A. J. 2 Frewer, Lynn J. 3; Affiliation: 1: Centre for Rural Economy, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK 2: Science and Society Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands 3: Centre for Rural Economy, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK lynn.frewer@ncl.ac.uk; Source Info: May2015, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p421; Subject Term: GOVERNMENT policy; Subject Term: BETROTHAL; Subject Term: EVIDENCE; Subject Term: IMPACT (Mechanics); Subject Term: RESEARCH; Author-Supplied Keyword: policy impact; Author-Supplied Keyword: practitioners; Author-Supplied Keyword: public engagement; Number of Pages: 24p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 8437
DOI10.1177/0162243914550319

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