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Sciencewise training creates potential project leads and impacts participants’ willingness to recommend and use dialogue

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Sciencewise has recently completed an internal review of the impacts of the training it has delivered over the past year, based on a survey, interviews and further analysis of immediate feedback from training events. The review has found that:

•       Reach. Between October 2014 and 13 January 2016, the training had reached about 300 individuals through a total of 29 training sessions within Government. Eight of these sessions were targeted at fast streamers. Analysis suggests around one third of attendees overall were in management roles, one third at senior advisor level and one third at more junior levels. Other events using training materials reached additional and larger audiences. The module on public dialogue and Sciencewise is now a core part of the CSL training on Open Policy Making.

•       Leads to new dialogue projects. There is evidence that four specific possible new dialogue project from a range of Government departments and agencies.

•       Positive satisfaction ratings from participants. End of event feedback from participants in training during 2015 shows 80% said the training was good or excellent; 28% of those said excellent. 96% said they would recommend the training to colleagues.

•       Impacts on participants’ thinking. The online survey gained a 14% response rate, so results must be seen in that context. Results showed that

•    80% of respondents said that, as a result of the training, they were more likely to recommend public dialogue to colleagues
•   47% said they were more likely to commission public dialogue themselves
•   76% said the training had made a difference to their understanding of how public dialogue could be integrated into open policy making
•   60% said they were more positive about the benefits and value of public dialogue.

Further training is planned and Sciencewise continues to monitor immediate feedback on participants’ satisfaction with the dialogue, and the seniority of those attending.