Data Ethics in the Participatory Sciences Toolkit

Data Ethics Toolkit: download A Toolkit for Data Ethics in the Participatory Sciences

Welcome to the Data Ethics in the Participatory Sciences Toolkit, a resource developed for considering ethical issues surrounding data, the bedrock of science. It was built collaboratively by and for practitioners of citizen and community science. The toolkit aims to help project leaders understand their role as data handlers in identifying, satisfying, and/or balancing ethical obligations of a project to participants, partners, science, and society.

The toolkit begins with the Data Governance Tool as a foundation for many decisions in the project. It also includes tools on Data Integrity, Report-Outs, Recompense, and Report-Backs. Each tool includes both a “key concepts”document and aworksheet to help you think through the specifics of your own project.

The tools are not designed to prescribe specific or singular answers, but instead to support reflection and iteration on project decisions. Even if your project is already underway, you can use these tools to consider (or reconsider) your decisions.


There are multiple ways to engage with the Toolkit:

Funding Information:

The work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. # 1835352, “Establishing Norms of Data Ethics in Citizen Science” (PIs Caren Cooper and Lisa Rasmussen). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this research are those of the Research Team and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.