[ASC-list] The national survey is live! Tell us about your science engagement activities

Jesse Shore jesse at prismaticsciences.com
Tue May 29 11:38:36 UTC 2012

We're now ready to take the snapshot of Australia's science engagement
activities so say cheese! The national survey is live online. If you are
involved in science engagement activities fill out the survey at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/scienceengageaudit.  It closes 30 June 2012.


The survey is designed to capture a lot of information and poses some
challenging questions. Don't postpone giving us your answers. Please start
filling out the survey now. The survey allows you to enter multiple science
engagement activities if you are especially active in the area. 


Once you complete the survey you can be in the draw to win a prize, but the
best prize will be if we can help make science communication and engagement
more effective.


Once again, here is the description of the project:


The biggest snapshot of science engagement in Australia

It's a picture as big as Australia. A flash of light illuminating how people
are getting science out there. And it's the first time it's been done.

The picture shows everyone who is engaging people with any science, from
anywhere, any organisation, even into the future-that's the goal.

Inspiring Australia wants to create a snapshot of all of the diverse science
communication activities and programs going on between January 2011 and June
2013, and we need the help of anyone doing science engagement across the

People can help by filling out a survey about the science engagement that
they're a part of <https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/scienceengageaudit> .
We'll put the results into a visual national online database that anyone can
explore. The database is part of a national audit that will help us all

.        who are Australia's players in science engagement-internationally,
nationally, regionally and locally  

.        where and who is missing out on science engagement

.        if and how Australians respond to science engagement activities

.        how people can link their activities or ideas together

.        how people are evaluating their engagement activities, or not

.        how we can create better tools for evaluation

.        the bigger picture of science engagement in Australia-with lots of
opportunity for research.

The survey and database are being created in response to the Inspiring
Australia Expert Working Group report
Documents/DevelopinganEvidenceBaseforScienceEngagement.pdf> Developing an
Evidence Base for Science Engagement. It's the first of a suite of projects
tackling the report's recommendations.

As well as the survey, we will do personal interviews and a desktop review
to make sure that we capture as many activities as possible.

The team comprises Jenni Metcalfe (Econnect Communication), Kristin Alford
(Bridge8), and Jesse Shore and Kali Madden (Australian Science
Communicators). Nancy Longnecker (UWA), Rod Lamberts (ANU) and Joan Leach
(UQ) are advisors for the project. The data will help develop a national
evaluation tool for science engagement activities-another initiative in
response to the report's recommendations. 

The audit will help science communicators to be seen as part of the big
picture of science engagement in Australia and their standing with respect
to the world.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian
Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research
& Tertiary Education in partnership with Econnect, Bridge8, ASC and UWA.


Fill the survey out at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/scienceengageaudit
It closes 30 June 2012.



Surveyingly yours, 


Jesse Shore

President, Australian Science Communicators 

 <mailto:president at asc.asn.au> president at asc.asn.au

 <http://www.asc.asn.au/> http://www.asc.asn.au/



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