Updates, 18 JAN 2011
Priority need: support for project evaluation.
Citizen Science Central is here to help meet the needs of project leaders. One priority need we've heard from you: support for project evaluation.
Meet Tina Phillips, part of the citizenscience.org team and leader of a new initiative to provide evaluation tools to this community. To better understand and support your evaluation needs, she needs your help. Here's a message from Tina:
Last year, in a survey sent to members of the citizenscience.org listserv, project evaluation was ranked as a top priority for enhancing citizen science work (right behind project sustainability). In response, we want to find out what we can do to make evaluations easier for you.
Your responses will help inform a newly-funded NSF initiative called DEVISE, aimed at, "DEveloping, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments to Assess the Impacts of Public Participation in Scientific Research."A major goal of DEVISE is to provide an online toolkit of instruments, designs, and strategies to help project leaders and evaluators measuring learning outcomes from citizen science engagement, and we can't do this without your help.
Again, we need your help regardless of your level of experience with evaluation. Please keep an eye out for an email invitation, and consider taking 10 minutes to respond to our survey and inform the tools we build to support your evaluation needs.
Tina Phillips, Evaluation Program Manager, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
We are glad to have Tina's work become a major part of citizenscience.org, and to have her on board as part of our growing team! Please help Tina help you by responding to her survey, or send us an email at any point with your evaluation concerns.
~~Jennifer and the team at citizenscience.org
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