Our evaluation partners, Stickydot, have published their evaluation report for ADAPT’s Citizens’ Think-Ins series 2022-2023. Stickydot is a Brussels-based SME specialised in consultancy services in the field of science engagement. Stickydot founding members have years of experience in co-creating innovative tools using participatory methodologies for dialogue, research and evaluation.
To evaluate the #DiscussAI Think-Ins, Stickydot took a co-creation approach, working together with the Think-Ins project team, stakeholders and audience. The evaluation used formative and summative surveys, feedback forms and semi-structured interviews to gather qualitative and quantitative data with a focus on a range of outcomes. Throughout the project, Stickydot gathered key takeaways and reflections in their comprehensive evaluation report of the sessions. To ensure a relevant and inclusive process, the evaluation framework was co-designed by all actors involved. The project also provided an opportunity to implement innovative (co-)evaluation tools, such as diary making.
Interested in seeing the results? Check out the evaluation report: Click here to read the report
Stickydot had this to say about the discussion series:
“It was quite striking to see how skills and elements that closely relate to co-creation processes helped build a safe environment for discussion among stakeholders. This is how you broaden perspectives and ensure that different voices are heard!”
Analysis of the evaluation data provided a number of key findings:
- Participants of the Think-Ins had a wide range of motivations for attending.
- The Think-Ins effectively engaged multiple stakeholders and attracted participants from diverse backgrounds, although there is room for improvement.
- Participants felt emboldened to have their say about how AI and STE(A)M impact their lives.
- Participants of the Think-Ins were exposed to diverse points of view relating to AI and digital engagement technologies, including those of underrepresented stakeholders.
- Engaging in the Think-Ins resulted in an enhanced understanding of artificial intelligence, but it did not necessarily lead to a shift in participants’ feelings towards the topic.
- By successfully implementing various elements and skills of co-creation, the Think-Ins established a “safe space” for dialogue and discussion around AI.
- Participants voiced their interest in having a follow-up process that fosters ongoing learning and engagement, building upon the outcomes and conversations held during the Think-Ins.
- Participants of the Think-Ins were already well-informed about the reputation and research of ADAPT and SFI prior to their participation.