• Julia von Gönner
  • Thora Martina Herrmann
  • Till Bruckermann
  • Michael Eichinger
  • Susanne Hecker
  • Friederike Klan
  • Julia Lorke
  • Anett Richter
  • Ulrike Sturm
  • Silke Voigt-Heucke
  • Wiebke Brink
  • Christin Liedtke
  • Matthias Premke-Kraus
  • Carolin S. Altmann
  • Wilhelm Bauhus
  • Luiza Bengtsson
  • Andrea Büermann
  • Peter Dietrich
  • Daniel Dörler
  • Regina Eich-Brod
  • Und 23 mehr
  • Laura Ferschinger
  • Linda Freyberg
  • Agnes Grützner
  • Gertrud Hammel
  • Florian Heigl
  • Nils B. Heyen
  • Franz Hölker
  • Carolin Johannsen
  • Thorsten Kluss
  • Thekla Kluttig
  • Jörn Knobloch
  • Martin Munke
  • Kim Mortega
  • Carsten Pathe
  • Anna Soßdorf
  • Tiina Stämpfli
  • Christian Thiel
  • Susanne Tönsmann
  • Anke Valentin
  • Katherin Wagenknecht
  • Robert Wegener
  • Silvia Woll
  • Aletta Bonn
Citizen science (CS) can foster transformative impact for science, citizen empowerment and socio-political processes. To unleash this impact, a clearer understanding of its current status and challenges for its development is needed. Using quantitative indicators developed in a collaborative stakeholder process, our study provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of CS in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Our online survey with 340 responses focused on CS impact through (1) scientific practices, (2) participant learning and empowerment, and (3) socio-political processes. With regard to scientific impact, we found that data quality control is an established component of CS practice, while publication of CS data and results has not yet been achieved by all project coordinators (55%). Key benefits for citizen scientists were the experience of collective impact (“making a difference together with others”) as well as gaining new knowledge. For the citizen scientists’ learning outcomes, different forms of social learning, such as systematic feedback or personal mentoring, were essential. While the majority of respondents attributed an important value to CS for decision-making, only few were confident that CS data were indeed utilized as evidence by decision-makers. Based on these results, we recommend (1) that project coordinators and researchers strengthen scientific impact by fostering data management and publications, (2) that project coordinators and citizen scientists enhance participant impact by promoting social learning opportunities and (3) that project initiators and CS networks foster socio-political impact through early engagement with decision-makers and alignment with ongoing policy processes. In this way, CS can evolve its transformative impact.
ZeitschriftSocio-Ecological Practice Research
Seiten (von - bis)11-33
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 03.2023

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