The Public Engagement Project supports and trains faculty members to use their research to contribute to social change, inform public policy, and enrich public debate. Scholars learn new skills from experts and from each other to improve their communication and engagement with the media, community groups, policymakers, and practitioners.
The project also helps faculty members build their own networks of institutions and individuals who can apply their research findings, and it helps create institutional spaces for communication between academics and non-academics who do applied work in common areas of expertise. This public engagement not only expands the impact of research on society, it also improves the quality of research.
By developing a new generation of public intellectuals, the project enhances the public’s understanding, value, and use of research, and promotes greater integration of research and its application.
The Institute for Social Science Research is a key sponsor of the UMass Public Engagement Project (PEP).