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In Australia, we are getting better at engaging everyday people with science.

We do it on the streets. We do it in cinemas. We do it on trains, planes and buses. We do it in our national parks and we do it in our own backyards.

It is important to engage Australians with science because it plays a significant role in our personal health and wealth, and in our collective growth as a nation.

A big reason why we, science communicators and communication researchers, are getting better at engaging the public with science is that we are learning from each other about what works and what doesn't. We, ourselves, are getting better at engaging with each other.

That is why we'd love to add your science engagement project to the national database.

You can add one project or as many projects as you want.

If you already have a project listed, feel free to update the information at any time.

Contact us if you are not sure how you can access your project information.

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Paper-based surveys

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Paper-based resources

Paper-based surveys are arguably one of the easiest ways to evaluate an event. We have provided five survey templates for different audiences:

  • Default evaluation survey [PDF 63 Kb]
  • General audience survey [PDF 63 Kb]
  • General audience survey – with information source [PDF 65 Kb]
  • Primary school survey [PDF 63 Kb]
  • High school survey [PDF 63 Kb]
  • Event provider survey [PDF 65 KB]
  • In addition, we have some suggested Event-specific evaluation questions [PDF 17 KB].

    The survey templates have been designed for use across a wide range of event types and topics. Some standard or common questions appear on all templates, to ensure consistency and allow us to measure impact across the many different events held across Australia.

    To enable this cross-program research, we’re also requesting that you send us a copy of your evaluation responses. In 2013, we will analyse the responses and provide you with an evaluation summary. The results of this research will then be used to inform future program development. Individual events and programs will not be identified.

    How to use the paper-based surveys

    Download your chosen survey tool from the list above, according to your target audience:

  • The Default survey is ready to use if you do not want to alter questions. Just print it and go.
  • There are two General audience surveys for use at events with participants of all ages. One of these includes a question on how participants found out about the event, if you wish to find out which publicity strategy was most effective.
  • The Primary school survey is designed for events held at primary schools or exclusively for primary school students. The language has been simplified for younger students.
  • The High school survey has been tailored for use at events held at high schools or exclusively for high school students.
  • Whichever survey tool you choose, make sure you personalise it:

  • Insert your organisation’s logo by clicking on the picture icon in the top left-hand corner of the document.
  • Insert your event title below the logos (<Event title>).
  • Throughout the document, you can replace ‘this experience’ or ‘this event’ with your event title. For example, “I enjoyed this experience” becomes “I enjoyed Profs and Pints.”
  • In most questions, “science” can be replaced with your event topic. For example, “This experience has made me more interested in astronomy.” Please note that some questions cannot be edited in this way, as we wish to ask respondents about science in general terms.
  • On the second page, you can choose which open-ended questions to include. You can select questions from the Event-specific evaluation questions list provided or add your own. You can include up to four open-ended questions.
  • Finally, print and photocopy the surveys, double-sided, and distribute them at your event.

    Depending on the structure of your event, you could place surveys on tables, include them in participant packs, or hand them out at the end of the event. You may wish to have some clipboards and pens, and a collection box on hand to facilitate completion of the survey. Some event organisers choose to offer a small incentive, such as a lolly, sticker or balloon, for survey completion.

    What to do next

    Collect the surveys and return them in one envelope to:

    Assist. Prof Jo Elliott, Science Communication, School of Animal Biology M092, The University of Western Australia

    35 Stirling Hwy, CRAWLEY WA 6009

    Make sure you include a completed copy of the Event provider survey in the envelope with the event evaluation surveys.

    What we will do with your surveys

    Participant feedback will be summarised and provided to event coordinators. Specific feedback about your event will be included in reports directly to you.

    A summary of feedback for all events across Australia will be provided to Inspiring Australia. We will not identify specific events in reporting to Inspiring Australia without your permission.

    If you would like to discuss this or provide feedback on the evaluation resources, please feel free to contact us.

    • Assist. Prof Jo Elliott
    • Assistant Professor at University of Western Australia
    • Phone: (08) 6488 2508
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