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1.1 Citizens' concerns

Identify citizens’ concerns

When starting a citizen science project, the first and most important thing to keep in mind is that citizens’ interests and concerns must be at the heart of what you do.

The first step in your journey is to identify an issue that interests citizens rather than only to the academic community.

This will ensure that citizens concerned with this matter are engaged with your project and with you throughout the whole process. Also, these citizens could attract new participants and generate a community around the issue.



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You can use a combination of methods to identify the most concerning issue. Each of them will be most suitable for achieving certain purposes.

Understand how health and environmental conflicts were generated in the past through HISTORICAL RESEARCH

CitieS-Health Lucca Pilot

Map health problems through the SYMPTOMS MAPPING TOOL

Cities-Health Barcelona

Crowdsource citizens’ concerns through scientific (but fun!) SURVEYS

CitieS-Health Barcelona

Explore the social and physical interaction of an area through a CITY SAFARI

D-NOSES Barcelona pilot

Start conversations with citizens through a POP UP INTERVENTION

CitieS-Health Barcelona