Citizen science encompasses a wide variety of kinds of projects that produce data — from community science activities to public participation in scientific research. A goal of the scientific process is to produce unbiased, transparent, and reproducible data, regardless of who is doing the work and when it is occurring. A quality assurance project plan, or project plan, provides the framework to produce these type of data, increasing the chance they can used for their intended purpose and maximum impact. Join this webinar to learn how citizen science groups have successfully integrated quality assurance approaches into their projects to help answer their community’s environmental and public health questions.
Jill Carr, Coastal Data Scientist at Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership
Brian Magi, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UNC Charlotte, Member of the CleanAIRE NC Board of Directors
Sergio S. Ruiz Cordova, Data Coordinator at Alabama Water Watch
Dirk Felton, Research Scientist IV at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Moderator: Nora Conlon, Quality Assurance Chemist at US Environmental Protection Agency
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works to protect public health and the environment. This webinar was supported by EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). ORD is the scientific research arm of EPA. Its leading-edge research informs Agency decisions and supports the emerging needs of EPA stakeholders, including the Agency’s state, tribal and community partners.
Before the webinar, check out US EPA’s Quality Assurance Handbook for Citizen Science Projects for step-by-step guidance on how to create a quality assurance project plan for your next citizen science project.