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Evaluate your Approach

Evaluating your citizen science project is integral to managing where your project is going and what it is achieving, but also puts it in the best position to maximise your project's impact

There are a number of ways you can evaluate your citizen science project. The table below outlines some of the more common approaches:

Source: ECSA 2017

Focus

Indicators

Actors

Learning

  • Improved skills, knowledge gain,
  • Personal development
  • Behaviour change, attitudes, motivation

Participants, focus on Citizens

Scientific

  • Number of papers published
  • Number of citations, number of grants
  • Size and quality of scientific database
  • Number of theses

Participants, focus on Scientists

Socio-ecological

  • Enhanced social capital, community capacity building
  • Economic impact (job creation)

Community

Communication

  • Identification of audience
  • Understanding needs of audience 
  • Collaboration with communication experts

Proposers, reviewers

 

For more information about evaluating your citizen science project check out this article or conduct some desktop research yourself.

It is recommended that you evaluate and integrate findings from this evaluation back into your project to consistently improve it. You should also involve your project participants in your evaluation to ensure that your project continues to be fit for them.