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Thursday, May 18 • 10:00am - 11:00am
E-01: Symposium: Advancing our Global Understanding of Citizen Science Engagement through Cross Programmatic Research

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Advancing Our Global Understanding of Citizen Science Engagement Through Cross Programmatic Research
Organizer: Tina Phillips
While there has been a surge in interdisciplinary research attempting to measure outcomes from citizen science, most studies rely on examinations of single projects, making it difficult to measure impacts across the field (Bonney et al. 2015, Phillips et al. 2012). In this session sponsored by the Research and Evaluation Working Group, we present four talks from across the globe, each describing cross programmatic research undertaken with at least two or more projects. The symposium will present research that describes individual engagement factors and patterns in both online and field-based citizen science projects. Each presentation will highlight research questions and constructs being examined across multiple projects, the various methods that can be employed to conduct this type of research, and the challenges and lessons learned when undertaking cross programmatic research. Findings from the presentations will advance our understanding of how people engage in different contexts, how learning might support recruitment and sustained participation, motivation for participating in citizen science, and factors that inhibit or enable participation. Synthesizing results across multiple projects also will provide insights for practitioners that can inform best practices for project design. Collectively, this information will further advance our understanding of impacts across the field of citizen science. We intend to present findings from the symposium in a CSA-sponsored blog.


Environmental identity and citizen science
Nina James, University of South Australia

How Can We Maximize Learning in Citizen Science? A Mixed-Methods Study Examining the Influence of Different Project Activities on Learning Outcomes
Tina Phillips,  Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University

Short and Long-Term Engagement Among Volunteers in Human Computation Projects
Lesandro Ponciano, Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil

Why is education important for Citizen Science? Learning as a factor supporting long-term participation in Online Citizen Science Projects.
Laure Kloetzer, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Meeting Rooms 13, 14 & 15