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Monday, January 29 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
SYMPOSIA-01: Evaluating Citizen Science Programs: Strategies, Tools, and Resources

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AUTHORS. Christine Anhalt-Depies, Mark Rickenbach, Adena Rissman – University of Wisconsin-Madison

ABSTRACT. Citizen science is advanced as an approach to both transform research and offer a meaningful way to engage the public. The degree to which a program’s goals are achieved will depend on project design and management, as well as external factors such as the political or social environment.  Program evaluation can help keep project managers on track to achieve their goals. Insights gained during evaluation can inform strategies for volunteer recruitment, retention, communication, and training. Evaluations can also provide summative information about project successes and short-comings.  In fact, measuring outcomes may be required as stakeholders and granting agencies increasingly demand accountability. Such requests may be challenging for program managers faced with limited resources and lacking experience with evaluation methodologies.  We provide a brief primer on evaluation, key steps in the process, and specific resources for individuals looking to evaluate a citizen science program.  

Monday January 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm CST