On behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the RAND Corporation is working with NACCHO to explore and quantify how citizen science, the use of scientific principles and methods by lay members of the public to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, can impact community resilience and response to disasters. The goal of this project is to generate knowledge and tools to strengthen collaborative relationships between local health departments (LHDs) and citizen scientists to increase community resilience. As a part of this project, NACCHO is currently seeking LHD staff insight to inform a national LHD survey about citizen science that will be fielded in 2018.
LHD representative interviews will be focused on gaining insight on the following topics:
- Any experiences with citizen science (disaster or non-disaster related);
- General knowledge and perspectives about citizen science;
- Attitudes towards citizen science in regards to LHD activities; and
- Perspectives on the benefits and challenges for creating collaborative relationships between LHDs and citizen scientists.
Telephone telephone interviews are expected to last one hour. All participants (who can accept it) will also be provided a $50 gift card in appreciation of their time. LHD staff interested in providing their insights on this topic, regardless of direct experience with citizen science, should email Nick Boukas or provide their contact information at this link no later than Friday, March 31, 2017.