Tool Reflection and Evaluation

User's Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 01 November 2015

Citizen Science Central and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The User’s Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science is a resource designed to make evaluation easy to understand and easy to execute. It shows how project leaders can use evaluation techniques to not only demonstrate their programs’ effectiveness but also understand how their programs operate and help them achieve their goals. It is designed to be used by citizen science practitioners who want to evaluate project outcomes.

The guide includes a practical overview of techniques, tips, and best practices for conducting evaluations as well as a glossary of terms and an extensive set of templates and worksheets to help with evaluation planning and implementation. It is a very good tool for assessment and a must-have for every citizen science project, which is very RRI.

National, International, Local, Regional, Global
Inclusion, Openness, Reflection
Monitorization & Evaluation, Dissemination

The guide is user-friendly, concise, and practical, full of examples and practical guidelines and tips.

It can be used in different ways:

  • start-to-finish: plan, implement, and share a new evaluation
  • supplementary: utilise sections and resources to augment or build up an evaluation plan already in development
  • fine-tune: use templates and resources provided to ensure that an existing evaluation plan is properly constructed and executed

The guide is not completely open; users have to provide an email address and a little information to download it.

Beginner, Practitioner

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