The EDGE Tool is a self-assessment questionnaire for universities. It aims to trigger discussion and reflection regarding public engagement at the institutional, department, or faculty level. The tool helps universities evaluate their current support for public engagement and identify where they might most effectively target their culture change efforts.
The tool is a self-assessment matrix with nine dimensions, which are divided into three main critical areas for consideration: purpose, processes and people. For each dimension, users use a four-level scale to evaluate their performance as embryonic, developing, gripping or embedded (EDGE). Users can also create a spider diagram to present their assessment results.