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Citizen science’s transformative impact on science, citizen empowerment and socio-political processes

von Gönner, Julia and Herrmann, Thora M. and Bruckermann, Till and Eichinger, Michael and Hecker, Susanne and Klan, Friederike and Lorke, Julia and Richter, Anett and Sturm, Ulrike and Voigt-Heucke, Silke and Brink, Wiebke and Liedtke, Christin and Premke-Kraus, Matthias and Altmann, Carolin and Bauhus, Wilhelm and Bengtsson, Luiza and Büermann, Andrea and Dietrich, Peter and Dörler, Daniel and Eich-Brod, Regina and Ferschinger, Laura and Freyberg, Linda and Grützner, Agnes and Hammel, Gertrud and Heigl, Florian and Heyen, Nils B. and Hölker, Franz and Johannsen, Carolin and Kluß, Thorsten and Kluttig, Thekla and Knobloch, Jörn and Munke, Martin and Mortega, Kim and Pathe, Carsten and Soßdorf, Anna and Stämpfli, Tiina and Thiel, Christian and Tönsmann, Susanne and Valentin, Anke and Wagenknecht, Katherin and Wegener, Robert and Woll, Silvia and Bonn, Aletta (2023) Citizen science’s transformative impact on science, citizen empowerment and socio-political processes. Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 5 (1), pp. 11-33. Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/s42532-022-00136-4. ISSN 2524-5279.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42532-022-00136-4

Abstract

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.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/198013/
Document Type:Article
Title:Citizen science’s transformative impact on science, citizen empowerment and socio-political processes
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
von Gönner, JuliaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5901-9158UNSPECIFIED
Herrmann, Thora M.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6485-6022UNSPECIFIED
Bruckermann, TillUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8789-8276UNSPECIFIED
Eichinger, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hecker, SusanneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Klan, FriederikeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1856-7334UNSPECIFIED
Lorke, JuliaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5064-1744UNSPECIFIED
Richter, AnettUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sturm, UlrikeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6446-6051UNSPECIFIED
Voigt-Heucke, SilkeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0960-8069UNSPECIFIED
Brink, WiebkeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Liedtke, ChristinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Premke-Kraus, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Altmann, CarolinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bauhus, WilhelmUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bengtsson, LuizaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Büermann, AndreaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dietrich, PeterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dörler, DanielUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Eich-Brod, ReginaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ferschinger, LauraUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Freyberg, LindaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grützner, AgnesUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hammel, GertrudUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Heigl, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Heyen, Nils B.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hölker, FranzUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Johannsen, CarolinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kluß, ThorstenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kluttig, TheklaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Knobloch, JörnUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Munke, MartinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mortega, KimUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pathe, CarstenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Soßdorf, AnnaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stämpfli, TiinaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thiel, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tönsmann, SusanneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Valentin, AnkeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wagenknecht, KatherinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wegener, RobertUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Woll, SilviaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bonn, AlettaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8345-4600UNSPECIFIED
Date:12 January 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Socio-Ecological Practice Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:5
DOI:10.1007/s42532-022-00136-4
Page Range:pp. 11-33
Publisher:Springer Nature
ISSN:2524-5279
Status:Published
Keywords:participatory research, research data management, data quality, social learning, political uptake, recognition
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - MOMENTUM
Location: Jena
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Data Science > Data Acquisition and Mobilisation
Institute of Data Science > Data Analysis and Intelligence
Deposited By: Klan, Dr. Friederike
Deposited On:13 Nov 2023 15:59
Last Modified:17 Nov 2023 09:04

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