UKEOF survey on motivations in Citizen Science

Back in September I posted about a new UKEOF project to understand motivations in citizen science well, now the survey is ready! The survey was created by HIlary Geoghegan (Reading) and Glyn Everett (UWE) and is designed to uncover motivations around participation in citizen science and other types of environmental volunteering. Citizen science is now an established means of collecting, analysing and responding to data about the natural environment. However, in order to fulfil its potential, we need to know more about why people participate.

This survey is funded by UKEOF<http://www.ukeof.org.uk/about> – a partnership of public sector organisations with an interest in using and providing evidence from environmental observations. UKEOF have a citizen science working group committed to understanding the human dimensions of participating in citizen science.

The survey link is: https://bristol.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AZvEFdrpkuOxdH

Data from the survey will be anonymous and will form the basis of an open access report on what motivates people to participate in environmental citizen science projects and other environmental volunteering opportunities. We are interested in attracting a range of responses from citizen scientists and environmental volunteers across a variety of projects in the UK relating to the environment, including tree health, air quality, biodiversity and pollination.

We’d be really grateful if you could circulate this survey through your networks, social media and other online resources, that would be very much appreciated. The survey will be open until 20th December.

We will be in touch with all projects mentioned in the survey once we have drafted the final report, as we fully appreciate the importance of a joined-up approach.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me: alison.dyke@york.ac.uk

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