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Revisiting Past Participants

Revisiting past participants




How do experiences of public dialogues affect people’s motivations to participate in future?

One of the key reasons why government undertakes public dialogue is to explore shifts in public perceptions, attitudes and behaviours. The shifts have been theorised by many academics and there is anecdotal evidence of such shifts as a result of participation in public dialogue. However gathering evidence of longer term shifts of public behaviour and attitudes is complex and challenging.

This short report summarises a pilot project carried out with past participants of several Sciencewise funded dialogue projects. It concludes with some lessons for working with public participants in future dialogue projects and some thoughts about future research in this area.

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