Process, Not Product: Investigating Recommendations for Improving Citizen Science “Success”

May 1st, 2013 | RESEARCH

Citizen science programs are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, from public education to new opportunities for data collection. The literature published in scientific journals resulting from these projects represents a particular perspective on the process. These articles often conclude with recommendations for increasing “success”. This study compared these recommendations to those elicited during interviews with program coordinators for programs within the United States. From this comparison, success cannot be unilaterally defined and therefore recommendations vary by perspective on success. Program coordinators tended to have more locally-tailored recommendations specific to particular aspects of their program mission.


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Team Members

Amy Freitag, Author, Duke University
Max Pfeffer, Author, Cornell University


Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064079

Publication: PLOS One
Volume: 8
Number: 5


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Nature of science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Public Programs