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The Guidance will draw from existing federal resources on how to develop and implement a project from,, 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.

Existing Guidance, How-To Guide, Getting Started, Policies

  • Toolkit
    • 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.

  • How To Guide

    • 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.

What is Citizen Science?

How can I use Citizen Science?

Toolkits and Guides

Choosing Citizen Science

Community Engagement

Project Design

Project Evaluation


Other Guidance

Journal Articles

Law and Policy

Evaluating Citizen Science

Interdisciplinary Research


Web-based Projects

Community-based Projects

Field-based Projects

Gaming - Serious Games


Project Inventories

  • Toolkit
    • 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:

White House, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Government-Wide Guidance

White House: Prizes and Challenge Initiatives Addressing COVID-19

Sample Agency Policies and Capacity-Building Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Implementation of Federal Prize Authority

Reports and Publications on Public-Sector Prizes

Other Blogs and Fact Sheets


Articles and Fact Sheets


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About - Citizen Science Association

USA Citizen Science Association (CSA)

  • 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

  • Citizen Science: Theory and Practice Journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. The journal focuses on advancing the global field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science researchers and practitioners to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline. Authors include scientists, educators, community organizers, information technologists, conservation biologists, evaluators, land-use planners, and more. Readers include anyone interested in understanding and improving practice of the growing citizen science field. The journal seeks to advance the field of citizen science by providing a central space for scholarly exchanges about engaging the public in multiple scientific disciplines. Authors and readers include citizen science practitioners, researchers, evaluators, and funders, regardless of their specific disciplines. 
  • CSA Webinars are one way that the CSA works to engage citizen science practitioners through the sharing of tools, tips, and reflections that highlight best practices and emerging issues in citizen science. Webinars are hosted in conjunction with working groups and organizational members.
  • CSA Working Groups serve to advance the goals of the Citizen Science Association through the sharing of resources, best practices, and relevant information with group members and the broader citizen science community. Participating in a working group is a powerful means by which members can shape the future of citizen science practice. Activities may include preparing material for a webinar or a white paper, compiling resources to share on the website, or planning a symposia at the CSA conference. Working groups meet regularly, many of them monthly, through conference calls and in person at the biennial CSA conference. Working groups also provide an opportunity for both new and experienced leaders to hone and develop skills and visibility within the field. The following working groups have articulated concrete proposals, and have been approved by the Board of Directors as formal affiliates of CSA. Additional working groups will be convened as priorities are identified.
    • Citizen Science Month Working Group:

      • 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.

    • Data and Metadata Working Group:

      • 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.

    • Education Working Group:

      • 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.

    • Ethics Working Group

      • 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

      • The Integrity, Diversity, and Equity Working Group was one of CSA’s earliest teams. After a hiatus, the group was re-activated at CitSci2019 and as of spring 2020 is working to re-define its scope and objectives. If you are interested in guiding that scope, you can respond to this survey by Thursday, 11 June 2020.
    • Law and Policy 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

    • Professional Development Working Group

      • The goal of the professional development working group is to facilitate the development of effective professional development services for citizen science practitioners, researchers, educators, and others involved in the field.
    • Research and Evaluation Working Group

      • 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.

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European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) 


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Canada Citizen Science Portal

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