Criteria for Project Proposals

The criteria allow a transparent selection of proposals and guarantee quality and consistency for the projects featured in the platform.

  • The project is designed around a well-defined scientific question (in any field of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and medicine) and the aim of the project is phrased as testable hypothesis.
  • The project definition, objectives and outcomes are open and can be communicated in an accessible and comprehensible manner.
  • The presence of scientific goals is a must, ie. if the project cannot have only educational and social goals.
  • The objectives of the project are impossible – or very hard - to achieve without the contribution of the citizens.
  • The project is open for citizens to participate in multiple stages of the design and implementation of the scientific research process. Projects with high level of potential involvement have priority.
  • The project has wide general appeal for all stakeholders and is not restricted to a small interest group.
  • The project’s topic and goals cover issues of proven importance and social interest, that can facilitate the recruitment of participants.
  • The project maximizes the values offered to participants by touching on multiple value propositions and benefits.
  • The project‘s goals are possible to achieve with a clear and easy protocol.
  • The protocol guarantees that the data collected by citizen be of sufficient quality to answer the scientific question (generate a scientific publication) and/or be used to derive indicators for policies.
  • The assignment of tasks and roles in the project (from the project leader to the citizen scientists) is clear and transparent.
  • The technology necessary to perform the tasks is easily available or provided by the project organizers.
  • The project’s goals (quantity of necessary data, coverage, required number of participants) are reasonable and achievable within a defined timeframe.
  • The project demonstrates the availability of sufficient resources to achieve the desired goals.
  • The project demonstrates a long-term commitment to fully engage with volunteers.
  • The project management has considered ethical aspects (e.g. diversity, inclusion, gender equality, reflection on in- or exclusion of specific groups) from the early stage of the process design.

  • The projects’ data and metadata are made publicly available, provided there are no legal or ethical arguments against doing so.
  • The project has a data management plan which conforms to the European General Data Protection Regulation.
  • The project management has evaluated and reduced all risks related to participation.
  • The results of the project are published in an open-access format, provided there are no legal or ethical arguments against doing so.

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