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The Guidance will draw from existing federal resources on how to develop and implement a project from CitizenScience.gov, Challenge.gov, and other agencies like US Forest Service, EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service, and NASA.
The Policies will include the recent legislations that authorize federal agencies to use these participatory techniques, particularly the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act as well as the Science Prize.
Definitions of Open Innovation Techniques
Appropriate Use Cases
Inappropriate Use Cases
Inclusion in USGS Survey Manual
Address the concerns of skeptics
Address failures or inappropriate use cases
Address misconceptions and reality checks
The Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit, released in September 2015, provides five basic process steps for planning, designing and carrying out a crowdsourcing or citizen science project to help federal employees use crowdsourcing and citizen science to advance the missions of their agencies.
The toolkit also provides case studies, models, and other resources, including success stories and some of the challenges that developers faced in designing and carrying out citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. The case studies can serve as models for federal employees inspired to carry out their own projects.
The toolkit was developed with the support and collaboration of more than 25 federal agencies in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Community of Practice (CCS), and GSA’s Open Opportunities Program.
The Toolkit provides five basic process steps for planning, designing and carrying out a crowdsourcing or citizen science project to help federal employees use crowdsourcing and citizen science to advance the missions of their agencies. At each step, you’ll find a list of tips you can use to keep your project on track.
Law and Policy
Evaluating Citizen Science
This site is a resource for federal government employees who are interested in learning more about incentive prizes and challenges. Whether you're new to prizes and challenges or a veteran challenge manager, you'll find the information here to be valuable. This toolkit is intended to be a knowledge repository that includes case studies of successful challenges, best practices for running challenges of all kinds and even ways to contact experts in different phases of the challenge process.
The Challenge and Prize Toolkit was developed by an interagency team using insights drawn from challenge experts across the federal government. The toolkit provides information on challenge phases, types, and case studies, any of which you can use as a starting point for learning about challenges. You will also find useful resources such as development tools, templates and examples. These sections are outlined below:
Fiscal Years 2017-18 Full Report (June 2019)
Fiscal Year 2015 Progress Report (August 2016)
Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations. The Citizen Science Association unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science. Join us, and help speed innovation by sharing insights across disciplines
Objectives for this group is to provide resources for CSA members and citizen science practitioners to celebrate and promote all things citizen science-related at their organizations. The work of the Citizen Science Month Working Group is done in collaboration with SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association.
The mission of this group is to support, advance, and facilitate data interoperability among and between citizen science projects, and other data repositories; and, to promote collaboration in citizen science via the development and/or improvement of international standards for data and metadata.
The mission of this group is to enable, inspire, investigate, and facilitate effective integration of scientific and educational goals, practices, and outcomes in citizen science. With a focus on serving youth and practitioners who work with youth, while acknowledging that there will be significant overlap with the interests and needs of programs designed for adult learners.
Environmental Justice Practitioners:
The mission of the Environmental Justice Practitioners Working Group is to bring attention to inequities among the CSA community and address systemic issues holding back progress in research. The EJPWG aims to support and connect community-based organizations and EJ-focused practitioners to the CSA community and foster equitable collaborations in community science.
Chart the landscape of ethical issues across the spectrum of citizen science.
Raise awareness among the greater research community about unique ethical challenges in citizen science and the need for training in ethics.
Increase the capacity of CSA to provide resources and training in ethics to researchers, citizen science leaders, and citizen scientists.
Develop mechanisms for CSA to support research ethics review.
Integrity, Diversity, and Equity Working Group
Evaluate federal and state laws/ regulations relevant to citizen science
Identify settings and models to link citizen data to government agency decisions and actions
Provide a forum for projects focused on informing policies or public action
Highlight emerging legal/regulatory concerns of the citizen science community
Support coordination and facilitation of research and evaluation within the citizen science community.
Provide more collaborative opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback on evaluation tools, research in progress, IRB policies, and other human subjects protection issues.
Facilitate the sharing of evaluation findings and provide access to outcomes of citizen science that can be communicated to broader audiences.
Leaders Blog Post
Proposed Policy Statements
Key Points / Issues to Address in Policy
Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC)
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)
Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)