Measuring Impact of Citizen Science
The MICS project develops the approaches needed to evaluate Citizen Science impacts and will create an easy-to-use online tool that lets project managers and policy makers understand how to maximise the positive impacts of Citizen Science projects. Alongside this, we also have adopted the best practice generated by the Ground Truth 2.0 project in the co-design of ‘hands on’ Citizen Science. Four sites in Europe (in Alfreton Brook, UK; Marzenego River, Italy; Creek Rákos, Hungary; and Carasuhat Wetland, Romania) explore the co-design of Citizen Science activities in regions with different needs, contexts, and approaches to environment management through nature-based solutions.
“It’s totally applicable to any Citizen Science project,” says Luigi Ceccaroni, coordinator of the project, and MICS plans to integrate its impact-assessment tool into platforms like EU-Citizen.Science and COS4CLOUD. The new MICS metrics and instruments will also help to measure the impact of Citizen Science with respect to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The platform, the data and the totality of the results of MICS will be available for use by anyone involved in a Citizen Science project and wanting to understand its impact, whether at the planning stage or after the project’s conclusion. This information is summarised in our new downloadable flyer.