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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.