SCIENTIFIC (but fun!) SURVEYS
How to crowdsource citizens’ concerns
Imagine that you want to know what concerns a group of people the most with regard to pollution in their direct living area. Suppose that the people at stake are inhabitants of a city, a metropolis of millions of people.
How could you engage hundreds, possibly millions, of people to tell you what they care about the most?
Surveys allow you to explore citizens’ aspirations with respect to possible focuses of research and help you understand variations concerning demographics and differences between city areas. Perhaps you are thinking about using traditional academic channels to disseminate your survey. For instance, using a database of volunteers who participated in previous research studies, sending the survey via mail, or posting a link to the online survey in the researcher’s Twitter account. All these options work just fine. However, let’s be honest, most surveys can be quite boring, with a lot of questions on a dull background! Doing Citizen Science is also about making research tasks more attractive and fun. It is about making the public curious about research. Only few people would actually be curious about opening a link to an academic survey: the usual suspects. Are you looking for more inspiration on how you can do this differently?
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.
Everything you always wanted to know about air pollution (but you were afraid to ask)
CitieS-Health Barcelona Pilot
It is an online survey to gather people’s concerns in relation to air pollution and health in Barcelona. The survey was aimed to reach people living in all the 10 districts of Barcelona city. The promotion of the survey was therefore key to meeting this target goal. For this reason, we implemented a communication campaign that includes messages on social media, a fun promotion video, and WhatsApp messages.
To identify people’s concerns in relation to air pollution and health in all of Barcelona's different districts.