CITIZEN SCIENCE INFORMATION SHEET
Make information sheets accessible to participants
The information sheet is a very important document that informs participants about all the aspects of a research study. In a citizen science project, participants are involved not only in the collection of data but also in the definition of the study itself. Thus, the information sheet should also explain the type of collaboration established between researchers and citizens.
However, often, information sheets are long and boring text-based documents. This format does not encourage participants to read it.
How could you make information sheets more attractive for research participants?
This tool is a standardized information sheet that you can use to inform your participants about the citizen science study and their rights to participate in it. The information is divided into six blocks to facilitate reading and understanding. A set of illustrations accompany each block to make the contents more attractive and user-friendly. The tool includes two templates that you can adapt to your convenience: a long information sheet and a one-pager information sheet.
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Read the case study and understand how this tool has been used in a real citizen science project.
Citizen science information sheet for environmental pollution and mental health
CitieS-Health Barcelona Pilot
The CitieS-Health Barcelona pilot developed a template for an information sheet that is more user-friendly compared to the traditional paper one and facilitates comprehension of the different aspects of the study, including its citizen science component.
-To inform research participants about all aspects of the research study (e.g. scope, data use, participants' rights, risks, benefits, funding, etc.)
-To facilitate comprehension of the information provided by curating its presentation.