All citizen science projects should have an accurate project schedule established before the project starts. Scheduling inputs can include calendars, project risks, the timing of training and activities, and sourcing equipment.
Where possible, allow stakeholders, collaborators and participants the opportunity to provide input to gain insight on any differences between the parties, and obtain additional site-specific or subject-specific knowledge. These discussions can also provide an indication of any funding, recruitment or timing issues.
Make sure you build in some flexibility to allow for any changes as the project progresses, and plan with your participants’ availability in mind to minimise conflicting timetables.