Why? - European policies undergo a complex decision making process, which is supported by scientific advice and evidence along the full policy cycle. With the ongoing digital transformation of society, we arrive at a situation in which the collection of scientific evidence can be extended to citizen. However, such Citizen Science contributions to policy making need to be targeted on the policy needs and schedules so that gathered inputs are available at the right time. We therefore see a need to particularly support citizens in providing evidence of European policy making.
What? - The Citizen Science Platform offers the opportunity for every citizen to contribute to European policy making. It is a customizable tool to facilitate data collection, particularly supporting citizens’ contributions. The received inputs are used to extend the evidence base for European policies. In this way, upcoming policy debates are not only supported by scientific advice of a few selected experts, but can also benefit from targeted contributions from citizen.
How? - We offer possibilities to contribute to European policy making, especially cosndiering the use of smart phone applications. Activites focus on current policy priorities and the according need for evidence collection. We ensure interoperability of the newly collected evidence with the required decision making processes, i.e. we increase the chances to provide impactful Citizen Science inputs to European policy making. It also ensures that citizens’ inputs arrive at the time when required by the relevant policy debates.
Topics - We concentrate our work on selected areas with clear policy relevance. The currently covered topics are listed below and will be gradually updated.
With our activities we want to improve the relationship between citizen and European policy making by offering new ways to contribute to the supporting scientific processes. At the same time, we want to advance the understanding of the ongoing digital transformation of society. We are particularly investigating movements that are emerging from the constantly increasing availability of data that are generated and contributed by citizen. The Figure below outlines a typology of different contributions.
Based on our findings, and in order to identify and support opportunities for innovation in the interest of European citizens, we gradually develop an information platform that supports peoples’ intentional engagement in authentic scientific investigations (Citizen Science). This Citizen Science Platform is set-up to approach a complete (cyclic) value-chain, including the following steps:
1. Innovation in data gathering
2. Validation and quality control
3. Analysis and data management of the data gathered from new data sources
4. Integration of new knowledge in established decision-making processes
5. Communicating policy-related reactions to this knowledge
6. Monitoring the impacts of these reactions (closing the loop)
As a starting point, we investigate the use of smart phone applications as tool for engaging citizens in scientific processes. This page reflects the current status of our work, and provides the possibility to participate in already ongoing activities, staying informed about their progress, and to remain updated about work under preparation.
For the future, we foresee new engagement possibilities beyond pure data gathering, and intend to extent the methodologies and tools provided by the platform.
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