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Sciencewise training increases likelihood of Research Councils running dialogue

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On 1 and 2 February 2016, Sciencewise ran training sessions for Research Councils UK which attracted a total of 40 participants from Research Councils UK and seven individual research councils. Each training session ran for two hours.

As a result, eight participants said that it was more likely that their Research Council would undertake a public dialogue, and another 14 said maybe they would. Only 1 participant said the session had not increased that likelihood.

As well as Research Councils UK (3 participants in the training), the Research Councils involved were:
•  Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC):  6 participants
•  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC):  2 participants
•  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC):  10 participants
•  Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC):  8 participants
•  Medical Research Council (MRC):  4 participants
•  Natural Environment Research Council (NERC):  2 participants
•  Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC):  5 participants

The feedback from the participants was very positive: all said they would recommend the training session to others. 27 participants completed feedback forms, of which 12 scored the training 5/5; 13 gave 4/5 and 2 gave 3/5.

Also on 2 February 2016, Sciencewise ran a training session for the Department of Transport (as part of the Civil Service Learning Open Policy Making module), with 12 participants (including 2 SEOs and 3 HEOs). The 11 who gave feedback scored as follows: 5/5 from 1; 4/5 from 9; 3/5 from 1.

In addition, two training sessions were run on 9 and 25 February for Department of Health. The first of these had 5 participants (1 Grade 7, 1 Grade 6, 1 secondee/consultant and 2 EOs). The 11 who gave feedback scored as follows: (5/5 from 3; 4/5 from 2). The second DH training was a specialised training module on ‘The Public’s Voice on Data’ which had 11 participants (1 Grade 8b, 1 Grade 7, 1 Grade 6, 2 EOs and the rest did not specify). The nine who gave feedback scored as follows: 5/5 from 5 and 4/5 from 4.