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Narratives as a mode of research evaluation in citizen science: Understanding broader science communication impacts

Roberts, Elisabeth; Constant, Natasha

Authors

Liz Roberts Liz3.Roberts@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow (Creative Economy Exchange Unit)

Natasha Constant



Abstract

Science communicators develop qualitative and quantitative tools to evaluate the ‘impact’ of their work however narrative is rarely adopted as a form of evaluation. We posit narrative as an evaluative approach for research projects with a core science communication element and offer several narrative methods to be trialled. We use citizen science projects as an example of science communication research seeking to gain knowledge of participant-emergent themes via evaluations. Storied experience of participant involvement enhances understanding of context-based and often intangible processes, such as changing place-relations, values, and self-efficacy, by enabling a reflective space for critical-thinking and self-reflection.

Citation

Roberts, E., & Constant, N. (2017). Narratives as a mode of research evaluation in citizen science: Understanding broader science communication impacts

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 4, 2017
Publication Date Sep 18, 2017
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 4
Keywords citizen science, science communication, narrative, storytelling, digital storytelling, evaluation, research methods
Publisher URL https://jcom.sissa.it/narrative-evaluative-approach-citizen-science-projects

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