Motivation and learning impact of Dutch flu-trackers

Anne M. Land-Zandstra, Mara M. van Beusekom, Carl E. Koppeschaar, Jos M. van den Broek

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Abstract

Many citizen science projects deal with high attrition rates. The Dutch Great Influenza Survey is an exception to this rule. In the current study, we conducted an online questionnaire (N=1610) to investigate the motivation and learning impact of this loyal, active participant base. Results show that the desire to contribute to a larger (scientific) goal is the most important motivator for all types of participants and that availability of scientific information and data are important for learning. We suggest similar projects seek (social) media attention regularly, linking project findings to current events and including the importance of participants' contribution.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA04
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Science Communication
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Health communication
  • Public engagement with science and technology

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