Measuring Motivation to Participate in Online Citizen Science

July 7th, 2019 | EVALUATION

We have created an instrument to measure the prevalance of various motivations in a population of volunteers in an online citizen science project. Our project is Zooniverse (, a collection of citizen science projects that have grown out of the Galaxy Zoo website. The instrument is based on a theoretical model of motivation, which is described in the attached document.



Team Members

Jordan Raddick, Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University
Karen Carney, Former Principal Investigator, Adler Planetarium
Jason Reed, Project Manager, Adler Planetarium
Andrea Lardner, Project Staff, Johns Hopkins University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Informal Science Education
Award Number: 1407036
Funding Amount: 926,661

Related URLs

Investigating Audience Engagement with Citizen Science


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: General STEM | Space science
Resource Type: Research and Evaluation Instruments | Survey
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Media and Technology | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media