In 2017 SEPnet launched it’s first Outreach and Public Engagement Strategy, to help guide activities across the network and to ensure that our engagement activity can has the most impact possible. To supplement this we have today launched our Outreach and Public Engagement Roadmap. This is a document which outlines possible interventions with young people of different ages, and how this can be targeted and supported by work within the same broader community.
The roadmap lays out the programmes we run, their target audiences and age groups, the ideal location to run each activity, and provides supplementary information about the aims of each one. The roadmap lays out how Outreach professionals can maximise the impact of their work within their target communities. We recommend that departments select around 3 target secondary schools to work with, based on their proportion of students from groups currently underrepresented in physics. The feeder primary schools for these secondaries can then be identified as well as any local areas and community organisations local to them. This ensures that we are engaging with the same children, their families and communities over long periods of time, supporting their journeys with physics.
Included in the roadmap is an example delivery plan from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in the University of Portsmouth. This lays out the scale of programme that is deliverable by one department, and outlines the resources needed to do this.
We hope this document will be helpful across the SEPnet network and beyond in laying out a framework for targeted long term interventions. If you have any comments about this work, or would like to know more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.