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Developing metrics and instruments to evaluate citizen science impacts on the environment and society

Deliverables

Comprehensive evaluation report

Report summarising the findings on the impact of citizen science in the pilot

Project scoreboard and progress indicators

Complete set of KPIs and progress indicators to facilitate the project follow-up, encompassing all MICS areas. This deliverable includes an initial clear assessment and log of risks to evaluate project progress.

Citizen-science model for impact-evaluation research

Report describing the model workflow and rational for citizen science in impactevaluation research

Project factsheet

Two-page document under booklet format with a brief MICS project presentation in English containing formal references (scientific and administrative contact information, short name, logo, EC funding, participants list, coordinator contact data) and project main goals, key issues, technical approach and expected achievements and impacts

Report on the technical requirements

This report will define the requirements for impact measurement of citizen science, peer review, mapping and visualisation.

Open, peer reviewed report on NBS science

Report addressing the state of the art and major knowledge gaps in NBSs with respect to the potential for strengthening by inclusion of citizen science

Report on pilot testing in the Southern Europe region (IT)

Description of the site development the role of citizens the validation framework and the results of impact assessment

Relevant themes assigned to curators

Intermediate versions will be provided at M14 and M19

Update to plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results (PEDR)

Based on the learning in the first three years of the project and its evolved needs WP5 will produce an updated strategy for the dissemination of the project outcomes and deliverables and an updated strategy for exploitation ensuring the long term postgrant sustainability of the outcomes and the expansion of the userbase of the MICS platform

Recommendations about the assessment of the impact of citizen science

White paper presenting the most important findings regarding recommendations about the assessment of the impact of citizen science

Report about identified research results ready for review

Collection of research results on impact assessment together with informed opinions of experts about why these research results should be considered together with the most important keywords as tags and references (in the MICS repository and as report)

Report on pilot testing in the Central and Eastern Europe region (RO)

Description of the site development the role of citizens the validation framework and the results of impact assessment

Project management handbook

Project document aimed at providing an overview of the management and procedures to ensure efficient execution of the project (including the data management plan) and thus contribute to the production of high-quality project results. This deliverable includes an initial portal to centralise communication.

Report on pilot testing in the Western Europe region (UK)

Description of the site development the role of citizens the validation framework and the results of impact assessment

The impact of citizen science on society, governance, the economy, the environment and science

White paper presenting the most important findings regarding citizenscience metrics and instruments to support the science of naturebased solutions It will combine findings from WP2 WP4 and WP5

A finalised version of the conceptual framework

The conceptual framework is based on a smallscale impactanalysis approach based on a specified set of criteria to evaluate the relevance of impacts of citizen science towards NBSs in the target regions

Report detailing impact-assessment methods adapted to citizen science

Relevant, identified methods will be adapted to citizen science, and benchmarks will be determined using previous NBS projects.

Quarterly newsletters, social media posts and updates

This deliverable is made of two parts. (1) A regular, quarterly newsletter will inform stakeholders about news, events and recent publications. This will be a publication that is focused on a particular theme (often lead by the researchers and experts of a work package), offering both editorials and opinion articles, as well as short research info sheets. This part of the deliverable consists of multiple newsletters, which will be produced from M03 to M33. On an annual basis, at M12, M24 and M36, the newsletter will include information (title, date, location, content) on significant events (conferences, seminars, workshops) which will be organised by MICS. (2) Posts and updates on various social-media channels, aimed at reaching out to wider public and getting them interested in the project and its results, as well as keeping stakeholders up-to-date with the progress of the project. This part of the deliverable consists of multiple posts and updates, which will be produced from M01 to M36.

MICS corpus of knowledge

A corpus of knowledge tagged, referenced and critically reviewed through both traditional and open, peer-review, including the review criteria and the questionnaires

Guidance for co-design of citizen science activities in the MICS case-study sites (R, PU, M25). Led by IHE Delft.

Report on the generic instructions for codesigning citizenscience activities in the MICS casestudy sites Casestudyspecific results will be presented in D41 D42 D43 D44 and D46 while the evaluation of the case studies will be presented in D45

Impact-assessment methodology and indicators for citizen-science research ready to be used in the toolbox

Novel impact-assessment methodology and indicators ready to be applied to a diverse range of citizen-science challenges in the context of NBSs. Methodology and indicators will be built based on the requirements of the call and on the feedback received from the impact assessment, including the review criteria and the questionnaires.

NBS-science briefs

Four NBS science briefs focusing on 1 general recommendations 2 Western Europe specific recommendations 3 Southern Europe specific recommendations and 4 Central and Eastern Europe specific recommendations The NBSscience briefs will be addressed to policy makers to deliver the results in a concise rigorous way ensuring they can be easily translated into actual policies At the same time their form should enable stakeholders in the NBS science and representatives of civil society organisations and NGOs to efficiently utilise MICS results in an integrated manner

Report on pilot testing in the Central and Eastern Europe region (HU)

Description of the site development the role of citizens the validation framework and the results of impact assessment

A multilingual ontology

This multilingual ontology is related to the SDG domains and covers four languages widely spoken in the test and validation sites. The ontology’s vocabulary will be based, where possible, on EuroVoc, the EU's multilingual thesaurus [http://eurovoc.europa.eu/drupal/].

Multimedia resources and policy briefs presenting general and region-specific recommendations

Eight multimedia resources with subtitles in the relevant languages and policy briefs presenting general and regionspecific recommendations related to measuring the impact of citizen science

Project website

A website will be developed as a web-based platform for external communication and dissemination. This will include providing public access to project research and activities, reports and presentations, as well as published electronic newsletters.

Strategic plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results (PEDR)

A clear strategy to the widespread dissemination of the project outcomes and deliverables; and the design of an exploitation strategy ensuring the long-term, post-grant sustainability and replicability of the outcomes and the expansion of the end-user base of the MICS platform. Detailed communication plan, and materials, including logos, templates for presentations, presentations about the project for the use of the partners. This deliverable will be updated and reported at each project meeting, from M04 to M36.

Participatory, adaptive, personalised, information-delivery web platform, period-1 prototype (P1P)

This deliverable includes the period-1 prototype of the online toolbox and the release of the web user-interaction layer. The deliverable will house the tools and technologies for measuring the impact of citizen science, technologies for automatic data discovery, storage and management, approaches for peer review and synthesis, technologies for mapping and advanced data visualisation. This deliverable also includes the style guide and the design document explaining goals, user roles, functionalities, and the technical documentation describing infrastructure set-up, and backlog of prioritised functionalities.

The MICS repository

A dedicated secure storage facility for the collected data, featuring a metadata scheme for common and interoperable data documentation.

Publications

How to measure the impact of citizen science on environmental attitudes, behaviour and knowledge? A review of state-of-the-art approaches

Author(s): Luke Somerwill; Uta Wehn
Published in: Environmental Sciences Europe, Issue 21904715, 2022, ISSN 2190-4715
Publisher: Springer
DOI: 10.1186/s12302-022-00596-1

Opportunities and Risks for Citizen Science in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Author(s): Luigi Ceccaroni, James Bibby, Erin Roger, Paul Flemons, Katina Michael, Laura Fagan, Jessica L. Oliver
Published in: Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, Issue 4/1, 2019, ISSN 2057-4991
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
DOI: 10.5334/cstp.241

Citclops: A next-generation sensor system for the monitoring of natural waters and a citizens' observatory for the assessment of ecosystems’ status

Author(s): Luigi Ceccaroni, Jaume Piera, Marcel R. Wernand, Oliver Zielinski, Julia A. Busch, Hendrik Jan Van Der Woerd, Raul Bardaji, Anna Friedrichs, Stéfani Novoa, Peter Thijsse, Filip Velickovski, Meinte Blaas, Karin Dubsky
Published in: PLOS ONE, Issue 15/3, 2020, Page(s) e0230084, ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher: Public Library of Science
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230084

Coordinator Perceptions When Assessing the Impact of Citizen Science towards Sustainable Development Goals

Author(s): James Sprinks, Sasha Marie Woods, Stephen Parkinson, Uta Wehn, Hannah Joyce, Luigi Ceccaroni and Mohammad Gharesifard
Published in: Sustainability, Issue 20711050, 2021, Page(s) 2377, ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI Open Access Publishing
DOI: 10.3390/su13042377

Impact assessment of citizen science: state of the art and guiding principles for a consolidated approach

Author(s): Uta Wehn; Mohammad Gharesifard; Luigi Ceccaroni; Hannah Joyce; Raquel Ajates; Sasha Woods; Ane Bilbao; Stephen Parkinson; Margaret Gold; Jonathan Wheatland
Published in: Sustainability Science, Issue 18624057, 2021, ISSN 1862-4057
Publisher: Springer
DOI: 10.1007/s11625-021-00959-2

How Networks of Citizen Observatories Can Increase the Quality and Quantity of Citizen-Science-Generated Data Used to Monitor SDG Indicators

Author(s): Sasha Marie Woods; Maria Daskolia; Alexis Joly; Pierre Bonnet; Karen Soacha; Sonia Liñan; Tim Woods; Jaume Piera; Luigi Ceccaroni
Published in: Sustainability, Issue 20711050, 2022, ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI Open Access Publishing
DOI: 10.3390/su14074078

The value of citizen science for flood risk reduction: cost–benefit analysis of a citizen observatory in the Brenta-Bacchiglione catchment

Author(s): Michele Ferri, Uta Wehn, Linda See, Martina Monego, and Steffen Fritz
Published in: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Issue 10275606, 2020, ISSN 1027-5606
Publisher: European Geophysical Society
DOI: 10.5194/hess-24-5781-2020

A Practical Approach to Assessing the Impact of Citizen Science towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Author(s): Stephen Parkinson; Sasha Marie Woods; James Sprinks; Luigi Ceccaroni
Published in: Sustainability, Issue 20711050, 2022, ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI Open Access Publishing
DOI: 10.3390/su14084676

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