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The User's Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science was developed by Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers for practitioners who want to evaluate learning outcomes from their citizen science projects. It includes a practical overview of evaluation techniques, tips, and best-practices for conducting evaluations, a glossary of terms, and an extensive set of templates and worksheets to help with evaluation planning and implementation.


Evaluating learning outcomes is a high priority for citizen science practitioners, but many find it to be challenging. We want this guide to make evaluation easy to understand - and easy to execute!


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Check out this introduction to the User's Guide for an overview of what it has to offer, and how it can be used.

Clicking this image will download the slideshow - 4.6 MB



We have also created a suite of evaluation instruments to help project leaders measure learning outcomes. While some are still in development, we have a number available for use right now!


Currently available:

Interest in Science (adult version)
Nature Relatedness Scale (short version)
Self-Efficacy for Science
Self-Efficacy for Environmental Action
Motivation for Science
Motivation for Environmental Action


Find out more about these instruments here.




This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. 1010744: DEVISE (Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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