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AHRC/ESRC joint initiative

Community engagement and mobilisation​

In autumn 2011, the AHRC in funding partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), working together under the Connected Communities Programme issued a joint £4 million call for proposals for two large research grants on community engagement and mobilisation. The two large grants, will draw on insights from across the social sciences and arts and humanities to address the following two areas: Making of Engagement and Regulation of Engagement.

As part of the two-stage grant application process in 2012 a ‘Dialogue Day’ was included, to enable direct public engagement between applicants and communities. The Dialogue Day, which was held on 25 February 2012, aimed to create a space where members of the public could deliberate with the applicants on some of the issues and challenges they were proposing to address.

The Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England undertook a critique to assess whether the objectives of the Dialogue Day had been met, focusing on four key themes: context; scope; delivery; and outcomes of the day. Using observations, questionnaire and interviews, the report concludes that the public dialogue was a valuable activity which could be considered again for other two-stage funding calls.

The link is available on the following ESRC webpage (opens in a new window).

The two large grants funded under this call will be formally launched at the Connected Communities Showcase event on 12 March 2013 and will run for 5 years between 2013 and 2018.