The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) has brought together a diverse set of organisations delivering public engagement on climate change topics, motivated by the upcoming CoP26 event in Glasgow, to design and test an evaluation framework and tools. Evaluation specialists are guiding the participating projects through a theory of change and the resulting design of an evaluation programme. This not only aims to help us understand the impact of our activities, what to repeat in the future and what to adapt, but may also lead to new standards in impact evaluation.
In addition to a fairly standard evaluation, we’re also trying something a bit different… exploring the use of ‘sentiment analysis’ on textual data. See our Sentiment Analysis project page for details.
For all this evaluation work, we are linking in our arts-based public engagement efforts; see Ocean ARTic and the ‘Taming Ægir’ Just Transition Art Residency and will seek to apply or adapt the approach to other public engagement work in the future.
We want to find out how our public engagement activities make people FEEL, what it makes them THINK, if it inspires them to TALK, and whether it empowers them to ACT.
We’ll share results and more information here as it appears!