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.