GemaRevuelta_Torino_PlacesOn 20th and 21st June the 3rd annual conference of the European project PLACES was held in Torino with the theme Modeling cities of scientific culture.

The Science Communication Observatory of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (OCC) has developed the Impact Assessment Toolkit as part of the project. This is a set of tools to measure the influence of Science Communication Initiatives and Policies (SCIP) in the cities and regions of Europe.

Gema Revuelta and Eva Alloza participated in this meeting presenting the Impact Assessment Toolkit and the preliminary results of its application in 25 case studies scattered throughout European geography. The impact of museums and science centers, scientific events and science cities in the public, stakeholders and the local and regional dimension has been evaluated in these cases. In the coming months the data will be thoroughly analyzed and thus may make recommendations for future action in the cities of scientific culture.

The set of tools developed under the PLACES project is intended as a reference document for social scientists working at the university and organizers of SCIP.

Gema Revuelta announced that they are working together with the company Formas Naturales to develop a ready-to-use kit version that will provide intuitive access to each of the tools (questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, focus groups). The toolkit adaptation will be a responsive web available on computers, smartphones and tablets. The new version will give the possibility to download or complete the questionnaires on the web to expedite the data collection work.

The European project PLACES, Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science, is lead by the European Network of Science Centres and Museums (ECSITE) and coordinated in conjunction with the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the European Science Events Association (EUSEA) and the Science Communication Observatory of the University Pompeu Fabra (OCC).

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