The Tools for Participatory Science wiki is evolving based on the input of content contributors and users alike. Three organizations in particular have been exceptionally supportive, generously providing space to work and contributing the time and effort of a number of people:
The Tools for Participatory Science wiki was created to help bridge the gap between the advances in the Earth and environmental sciences and their uptake by stakeholders of all kinds, ranging from policy makers to natural resource managers to affected members of the public.
The content in this wiki is provided by the global community of practice of participatory research and engagement experts, with the objective of making these methods more accessible to the community of interest of Earth and environmental scientists who want to narrow the gap between their research (basic or applied) and solutions to the serious challenges society faces under rapidly changing environmental conditions.
A wiki platform was selected because it is a website which allows collaborative modification of its content and structure directly from the web browser. As such, it
provides a dynamic repository for the state-of-the-art translational science/public engagement methods as well as examples of their successful application,
facilitates the compilation of best practices in a collaborative workspace where contributors can add or modify content, and
provides the means for modularization of the wiki content, that is, the means to link elements in way that could help a researcher design dissemination/knowledge transfer strategy based on engagement.
Our contention is that by making these methods more accessible, it is more likely they will be used in future research projects and environmental interventions, helping ensure the broader impact of those initiatives. Contributors to the wiki are experts who want to share information about participatory and formative methods in their most basic form, citing appropriate technical publications where these approaches and methods can be explored in greater depth. Users can also explore potential future collaboration with these experts by visiting the members page or clicking the name of the content contributor list at the bottom of each topic in this wiki.