Resources for Practitioners

DEVISE (Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments) Project

Test Beginning in 2010, our team of researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology set out to create a toolkit of resources for helping project leaders measure participant outcomes. The project’s main goal was to improve evaluation quality and capacity across the field of citizen science/public participation in scientific research. Several documents were developed to guide practitioners in conducting research and evaluation in citizen science.

DEVISE Evaluation Instruments

We developed a set of constructs and associated instruments to measure outcomes such as interest, motivation, self-efficacy, and skills. Below is the list of evaluation instruments developed under DEVISE, and referred to in the User’s Guide (available for download on this page). Each instrument comes with instructions for use and scoring.

**These instruments are also available in a customizable version that can be modified to address a particular topic or issue.

To request the use of these scales, please submit this online form, and the scales you request will be immediately available. In the request form, we ask for basic information that will allow us to provide you with the correct instrument and also enable us to track and understand their use.


Informed Consent Form

Download the template for an Informed Consent Form

User’s Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science

Full User’s Guide____________________ Interactive User’s Guide*____________________
*Note: For full use of interactive features, please download the PDF and view on your desktop with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.


These documents were based upon work 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.