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Wednesday, May 17 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
WORKSHOP: Recruitment, Retention, Research and Evaluation using SciStarter 2.0 Tools (pre-registration required)

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Caren Cooper - North Carolina State University and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Catherine Hoffman - SciStarter; Darlene Cavalier - SciStarter and Arizona State University 

With an AISL NSF award we developed a suite of new tools and functionality in SciStarter.com to better support volunteers and project owners. We want to hold a workshop at the CSA conference to showcase to practitioners the opportunities presented by the SciStarter 2.0 tools to deepen volunteer learning and growth by addressing across-project skew, evolving motivations, seasonal gaps, untapped synergies across projects via movements of volunteers, and other unanticipated factors that can be addressed with intentional planning in the SciStarter network but cannot be addressed via management within project silos. We also want to solicit input from project owners and evaluation/researchers to further improve the site. We anticipate the workshop involving a brief review of the new tools and functionality, some hands-on activities to try out the tools, and concluding with discussion and feedback. We hope to empower project owners to consider how they can leverage synergies with other projects and demonstrate to evaluator/researchers how they can expand their repertoire of techniques beyond surveys to include embedded tracking of volunteer activity across projects and embedded assessment. We hope to set priorities for further improvements to the site based on feedback and discussion.

Intended Audience: All are welcome, but we are especially interested in project owners, those who evaluate citizen science projects, and those who study outcomes for individuals involved in citizen science.

Fee: None; pre-registration required

Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 6