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Assessing data collection skills?

Your work to assess data accuracy can help promote best practices in citizen science.

The Program Development and Evaluation group at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is working on project called DEVISE. The goal of the project is to create, test, and disseminate a suite of evaluation tools for use by professionals in the citizen science/PPSR field. We have conducted an extensive inventory of surveys and scales for various outcome measures, and to date, have uncovered very few that measure participant data collection skills. We have heard from numerous practitioners that assuring data accuracy is essential to project success so we are wondering how project leaders have evaluated data collection accuracy of their participants.

If you have a moment, would you be willing to send us a message and briefly answer the following questions?


    1. What quality measures have you used in the past (e.g. QA/QC, observation methods, surveys, quizzes, etc.)?

    2. Would you be willing to share those methods with us? If so, please attach the survey, protocol, quiz, or description of your methods with the reply message.                   

    3. Are you willing to have your QA/QC tool be part of an online toolkit, shared with a wider audience of practitioners?


This information will help provide the field of citizen science with more robust tools for evaluating outcomes from participation.

Thank you for your time.

Kind regards,


Matthew Minarchek & Tina Phillips

Program Development and Evaluation

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Ithaca, New York


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