The ADAPT Public Engagement strand supports members of the public to:

  • Learn: Understanding the basic concepts behind digital engagement
  • Engage: Exploring and interacting with technologies that enable engagement in our digital world
  • Participate: Contribute to the future of engagement in our digital world

Key initiatives include:

Engaged Research

Engaged research describes a range of rigorous research approaches and methodologies that share a common interest in collaborative engagement with the community and aim to improve, understand or investigate an issue of public interest or concern, including societal challenges. Engaged research is advanced with community partners rather than for them.

ADAPT provides many opportunities for members of the public to engage directly in its research programme.

Examples include:

  • INTERACT - The International Network in Crisis Translation

Multilingual translation of crisis and disaster-related content is a necessity and a human right for health, safety and resilience. However, translation and interpreting have been sorely neglected in the field of emergency and disaster risk reduction. This project tackles that neglect through policy, training, technology and ethics-based research.                                                                                                                                                          

  • BrightSelf – Self-reporting Psychological Wellbeing in Pregnancy

The impact of perinatal mental illness on parents’ health, birth outcomes and children’s emotional, behavioural, cognitive and social development has made this a public health priority. ADAPT researchers, in collaboration with Imperial College London, have developed BrightSelf, a mobile app and online platform for the self-reporting of psychological well-being during pregnancy. BrightSelf is currently deployed in a 6-month feasibility study (involving more than 250 pregnant women) within the UK’s National Health Service examining the role mobile devices play in public health screening programmes, the engagement of users with mHealth technologies and the nature of well-being and mental health in pregnancy.

‘Technology in My Life’ Citizen Think-Ins

A new series of ADAPT citizen think-in will engage adults and teenagers with informal educational experiences that incorporate discussion, dialogue and deliberation around the societal implications of engaging in a digital world. Potential topics include artificial intelligence, fake news, and online privacy.

The goals of the think-ins will be to:

  • Enhance participants’ understanding of engaging in our digital world and its potential impact on their lives and on society
  • Strengthen the public’s and scientists’ acceptance of, and familiarity with, diverse points of view related to digital engagement
  • Increase participants’ confidence in participating in public discourse about engaging in our digital world

The opinions gathered and conclusions arrived at during the think-ins will inform ADAPT research and relevant public policy going forward.

BigFoot: How Big is your Digital Footprint?
ADAPT’s BigFoot initiative aims to engage and inform members of the public in relation to digital privacy and empower them to make informed decisions relating to their information sharing online.

The BigFoot app enables people to compare their perceived information sharing to their actual information sharing. The (non-personal) data gathered by the app will be used by ADAPT to public research on data privacy.

At present BigFoot analyses the Facebook accounts of users only. ADAPT plans to expand the applicability of BigFoot to other social media platforms in 2018