Public engagement in research funding:a study of public capabilities and engagement methodology

Rowe, Gene, Rawsthorne, Dee, Scarpello, Tracey and Dainty, Jack R ORCID: (2010) Public engagement in research funding:a study of public capabilities and engagement methodology. Public Understanding of Science, 19 (2). pp. 225-239. ISSN 0963-6625

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One trend in public engagement concerns involving the public in research priority setting. In this study members of the public were asked to select which of four potential projects (about food-related topics, presented by scientists) ought to be funded. The aim of the study was twofold: to trial and evaluate a method of engaging with the public about science, and to study the factors used by the public in making funding allocation decisions. Results suggest that, while participants enjoyed the process and appeared to learn from it, they were not particularly “representative”—a common problem with engagement approaches of this type. Results also suggest that participants’ funding decisions were largely based on factors such as “benefit to society” and “personal relevance,” though aspects such as the “likeability” and “trustworthiness” of the speaker may have played a role. Implications for involving the public in funding policy decisions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nutritional status,questionnaires,food,humans,resource allocation,aged,public policy,decision making,great britain,health resources,adult,middle aged,diet,public opinion,female,male,research support as topic
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 05:29
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 04:32
DOI: 10.1177/0963662508096780

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