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CSA Gives on #GivingTuesday

For #GivingTuesday 2017, we are giving back to this community with go-to citizen science resources shared by some of our Board members. It’s a powerful but necessarily limited selection, drawing on each of our experiences and backgrounds. This community is stronger when we share resources and diverse perspectives – therefore, we invite your help to grow this list and advance our shared practices.
Please also scroll down to make your own contributions in support of the field!
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From Jennifer Shirk, Interim Executive Director:
Scientist-Community Partnerships: A Scientist’s Guide to Successful Collaboration, by the Union of Concerned Scientists

“As scientists, we rarely get trained in the skills most needed for equitable engagement. This 15-page guide covers the basics (listening, transparency) for how rigorous science can serve community needs.”

Monitoring Matters: Examining the potential of locally-based approaches (Danielsen et al. 2005) and Beyond scarcity: citizen science programmes as useful tools for conservation biogeography (Devictor et al. 2010)

“Foundational papers demonstrating the research value of citizen science at different scales.”

From Kris Stepenuck, CSA Board Chair
The USA Volunteer Monitoring Network’s Guide for Growing Programs

“The series of fact sheets is chock full of links to great resources from many programs. It includes program development, data management, results sharing, evaluation and much more.”

From Rebecca Jordan, CSA Board Member
EPA Citizen Science Toolbox

“I love the accessibility of this resource especially for communities that really need citizen science!”

From Alison Young, CSA Board Member
Leveraging the power of place in citizen science for effective conservation decision making (Newman et al. 2017 – open access)

“This article provides great suggestions, especially for smaller, locally-based citizen science projects, for how to more effectively leverage place to achieve conservation & community resilience outcomes.”

Citizen Science Toolkit: Teaching Science Through Citizen Science, California Academy of Sciences

“Okay, a little self-promotion! We tried to be really thoughtful in designing this resource for educators to incorporate citizen science as a method for teaching the full scientific process in the classroom.”

From Anne Bowser, CSA Board Member
Federal Toolkit, Federal Catalogue, Federal Community

“Where many federal employees first go to learn about citizen science!”

From Na’Taki Osborne-Jelks, CSA Board Member
Youth-focused citizen science: Examining the role of environmental science learning and agency for conservation (Ballard et al. 2017 – open access)

“This article is a great new resource that demonstrates that youth can develop environmental science agency through the practice of Community and Citizen Science (CCS); thereby fostering youth participation in current conservation actions, and building their capacity for future conservation actions.”

From Caren Cooper, CSA Board Member
Typology of Citizen Science Projects from an Intellectual Property Perspective (Scassa and Chung 2015 – open access memo from the Wilson Center)

“One of several great resources from the Wilson Center, this one is about intellectual property issues in citizen science.”

NCSU Public Science

“We engage the public in science because it shapes how we all view & interact with the world. We train the next generation of scientists to be public facing.”

From Sarah Kirn, CSA Board Member
Education Working Group’s 10 questions to prompt reflection on practice

“This is an example of what the CSA can do by bringing practitioners together around common challenges/opportunities… 8 authors and 60 reviewer/contributors!”

From Darlene Cavalier, CSA Board Member
NACEPT 2016 Report: Environmental Protection Belongs to the Public, A Vision for Citizen Science at EPA, National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT)

“In this report, NACEPT developed thirteen robust recommendations regarding actions that EPA should take in response to technological and sociological developments in the area of citizen science. The report urges EPA to embrace citizen science and capacity building initiatives that further advance the agency’s mission of protecting the environment and human health.”

From Cat Stylinski, CSA Board Member
User’s Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science, (Phillips et al.)

“This team deserves great credit for creating useful, robust cross-program measurement tools.”

Want to give back?

Share your own favorite citizen science resource by connecting with us on Facebook (we’re new, say hello!). Or on Twitter, tag (and follow) us @CitSciAssoc and use #CitSciResource.

Want to pay it forward?

You can help make sure CSA can continue to stand for and support the best in citizen science by making a donation today.
Because CSA is a registered 501(c)3, all donations are tax deductible. We have three options for our members and friends:
1. Go to our Facebook page, say hi, and follow us before making a donation.
2. Use the button below to donate via PayPal’s secure system, available for processing PayPal or credit card payments.

3. To pay by check, please make checks payable to Citizen Science Association, Inc. and mail to:
Anne Bowser, Treasurer, CSA
1340 Monroe St. NW, #301
Washington, DC 20010


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