•Inspire great ideas – involving partners can help with the creative process. It can also be enjoyable working as part of a team.
•Add another dimension – colleagues from a different field of research might complement your PE activity, thereby adding more interest for prospective audiences.
•Share their experiences – working with people who have previously taken part in engagement activities can help guide you through unfamiliar processes and also assist with your own professional development.
•Provide essential insights – partners may have expertise in a host of relevant things such as understanding the needs of your target audience, timings and logistics, and suggestions of others you could work with.
•Increase capacity – partners can help you to reach a wider audience. For example – a key contact within a University could assist with organising student and postgraduate volunteers to enable you to run a larger event. Other organisations such as Science Centres can provide experienced staff to assist with your project.
•Provide an opportunity – many partners will be looking for people to contribute to their own events or activities. It may be that you could support what they are doing, rather than invent something of your own.
•Help you reach new audiences –partners may already have access to members of your target audience, such as schools, museums, libraries or charitable organisations.
•Provide a venue – if you need a physical venue a partner may be able to help e.g. businesses, science centres, museums, libraries or other places of cultural interest. They may also help with hosting the event, access requirements, advertising and be able to provide other equipment or resources.
•Provide expertise – partners can be crucial in providing expertise you do not possess. For example, if you want to build a website you may need partners with specialist technical knowledge – who could come from inside your institution or elsewhere.
•Strengthen relationships – working with partners can deepen and strengthen your relationships as well as introducing you to new people and new ideas. This may lead to other projects in the future.
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