Difficulties in evaluating public engagement initiatives: reflections on an evaluation of the UK GM Nation? public debate about transgenic crops

@article{Rowe2005DifficultiesIE,
  title={Difficulties in evaluating public engagement initiatives: reflections on an evaluation of the UK GM Nation? public debate about transgenic crops},
  author={Gene Rowe and Tom Horlick‐Jones and John Walls and Nick Pidgeon},
  journal={Public Understanding of Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={14},
  pages={331 - 352}
}
In the realm of risk management, and policy-making more generally, “public engagement” is often advocated as an antidote to pathologies associated with traditional methods of policy-making, and associated deficit-model-driven communication strategies. The actual benefits of public engagement are, however, difficult to establish without thorough evaluation of specific engagement processes. Unfortunately, rigorous evaluation is difficult, and, perhaps for this reason, it has rarely been… 

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