IntroductionThis panel provides an opportunity for those involved in the practice, study and evaluation of public engagement in science and technology, to build a shared discourse around the value, benefits and quality of public engagement.
14. Evaluating the Quality of Public Deliberation on S & TIn the context of continued global financial instability and the consequent parsimony and/or conservatism of national governments in funding science R&D, public engagement in science and technology, remains a priority investment. In the UK context for instance, the UK government's ongoing patronage of the Sciencewise programme of public dialogue concerning emergent and/or controversial science for policy purposes, signifies a value determination of public engagement, albeit one arguably narrowly and instrumentally conceived.
However, there is little evidence beyond supposition or anecdote, which reliably informs and articulates the benefit(s) of public engagement to policy-making communities and by extension, the electorate as both participants within and benefactors of the anticipated or imagined outcomes of public engagement activity. By way of response, evaluators of public engagement activity are beginning to focus more assiduously on the quality of public engagement processes more generally, surpassing the normative and grossly simplistic depiction of public engagement as an inherently “good thing”.
This panel provides an opportunity for those involved in the practice, study and evaluation of public engagement in science and technology, to build a shared discourse around the value, benefits and quality of public engagement. Drawing on the conceptual framework of input, throughput and output of public participation, this panel aims at bringing together and discussing the quality of public dialogue in terms of openness and access; quality of deliberation; effectiveness and efficacy; and publicity and accountability.
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General info: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting
Submission of papers: http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s13/
Deadline for submission: March 17, 2013
Acceptance notification: May 12, 2013