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PoPNet Resources

Portal to the Public developed a set of concepts to help organizations build and expand programs to bring together scientists and public audiences. These concepts and strategies are described in the Portal to the Public Implementation Manual, a practical resource for organizations planning to implement the Portal to the Public approach.

Implementation Manual

The Implementation Manual is a practical guide for organizations planning to implement Portal to the Public. The Implementation Manual is distributed to new joining organizations to guide them in developing their PoP programs. The Implementation Manual is also available for purchase as a PDF file, which includes the Catalog of Professional Development Elements. Learn more about purchasing the manual here.

Research and Evaluation Reports

Portal to the Public has been supported by ongoing research and evaluation from external evaluators. The following reports share findings from the first two iterations of the Portal to the Public project.

Summative Evaluation: Comparative Case Studies of Implementation at Five Sites

Portal to the Public Network: Summative Evaluation Report

NEW! The Impact of Portal to the Public: Creating an Infrastructure for Engaging Scientists in Informal Science Education

Synthesis Meeting Reports

The original Portal to the Public project was bookended by two Synthesis Meetings, which brought together scientists and informal science educators to inform the work of the Portal to the Public project. The resulting reports include discussions from the meetings, lessons learned, and best practices and research results useful for the field.

Face-to-Face with Scientists: Exploring the Features of Face-to-Face Interactions between Scientists and Public Audiences

The Path Forward: Lessons Learned and Recommendations from the Portal to the Public Second Synthesis Meeting