Encouraging stakeholder participation (D6.22)

McCarthy, Simon and Tapsell, Sue M. (2014) Encouraging stakeholder participation (D6.22). In: Encouraging stakeholder participation (D6.22). European Commission FP7 ENV.2012.6.5-1, pp. 1-47.

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Abstract

The WeSenseIt Observatories can draw on research undertaken in Citizen Science to inform best practice in encouraging stakeholder participation. A key issue for citizen science research is engaging volunteers to participate and to maintain that motivation throughout the course of a particular project. This Deliverable report presents a strategy for the maintenance of citizen and stakeholder involvement in the WeSenseIt case studies and guidance on how to do this throughout the remaining length of the project. It also suggests how to recruit new stakeholders to replace those who may cease their involvement. This Deliverable aims to inform work being carried out within Work Package 6 (Governance and social innovation) and specifically Task 6.2.2 (Encouraging stakeholder participation) which in turn informs all activities of the WeSenseIt project. The report draws upon the existing review of literature on citizen science reported in Annex 1 of Deliverable D6.21 Requirement analysis for citizen observatories as well as additional psychological and motivational literature and information gathered since. Recent results from discussions/focus groups with participants in the WeSenseIt case studies are available in R7.2 (D7.2) Case Study Evaluations.
The report is structured as follows. Section 2 outlines the background context to the report. Section 3 then highlights the importance of motivating volunteers for citizen science projects and introduces motivation theories. In Section 4 recommendations for maintaining stakeholder and citizen interest are presented. This includes guidance for how to recruit new stakeholders, including for replacing those who may leave the project, and for completion of WeSenseIt base-line and evaluation questionnaires. A strategy for addressing any ethical issues that may arise during the project is included in Section 5.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): Risk, risk communication, stakeholder engagement, flood, hazard, flood risk management, citizen observatory, sensor, hydrology
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 16263
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Depositing User: Simon Mccarthy
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 15:32
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2018 09:11
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16263

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