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Co-creating possible research questions
Citizens might find it difficult to express their concerns in the form of a research question. Concerns often entail personal stories and experiences, and turning them into research questions can be challenging.
How can we turn a citizen’s issue into a sound scientific research question?
This participatory ideation method is a two-folded process. First, it helps to brainstorm possible questions or topics, then, it invites participants to select the most interesting ones and further discuss them. This second part makes participants reflect on the potential barriers, opportunities and relevant stakeholders for each proposed question. This shows the viability of some of the questions, while others will be discarded. Finally, the best research questions/guidelines proposed are voted and chosen to be examined by experts to understand their viability to start a study.
Download the toolbox
We share with you some resources that can be useful to carry out this activity.
Discover the tool in action!
Read the case study and understand how this tool has been used in a real citizen science project.
Co-creating research questions on health and air pollution
CitieS-Health Barcelona Pilot
This is an activity that you can do during a workshop. We ran this activity at the beginning of the Cities-Health Barcelona pilot, when just got the initial results of the surveys made to crowdsource citizen’s issues across city districts. At this time, we aimed to have a face-to-face activity where we could discuss more in depth with interested citizens and community groups. The results of the survey were used as triggers for the discussion. The potential questions were voted and, later on, analysed by experts to understand their viability.
To structure a conversation that could lead to interesting research questions.
To create a space for reflection on the barriers and opportunities regarding some questions.
To discover preferences regarding possible queries.