The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health. It’s work centres on the development of solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health. Bringing together interdisciplinary teams and working with appropriate international organisations to address these major issues of our times. In 2015, myself and Helen Featherstone were commissioned to develop a public engagement strategy and action plan for the new institute.
To develop the strategy we drew on interviews and working meetings with key staff, desk research examining current best practice in public engagement in the central research themes of the Quadram Institute, the public engagement priorities and approaches of key funders and our own expertise in developing and implementing public engagement strategies in research intensive universities. The completed strategy drew on existing activities but provided:
- Recommendations of future focus for new activities which aligned well with the ambitions of the Institute;
- Advice on key audiences;
- Delivery plan;
- Resources, support and governance including recommendations on staffing structures, person specifications and job descriptions;
- Advice on evaluation and monitoring including KPIs.