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Citizen science applied to building healthier community environments: advancing the field through shared construct and measurement development

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, September 2017
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Title
Citizen science applied to building healthier community environments: advancing the field through shared construct and measurement development
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12966-017-0588-6
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Authors

Erica Hinckson, Margaret Schneider, Sandra J. Winter, Emily Stone, Milo Puhan, Afroditi Stathi, Michelle M. Porter, Paul A. Gardiner, Daniela Lopes dos Santos, Andrea Wolff, Abby C. King

Abstract

Physical inactivity across the lifespan remains a public health issue for many developed countries. Inactivity has contributed considerably to the pervasiveness of lifestyle diseases. Government, national and local agencies and organizations have been unable to systematically, and in a coordinated way, translate behavioral research into practice that makes a difference at a population level. One approach for mobilizing multi-level efforts to improve the environment for physical activity is to engage in a process of citizen science. Citizen Science here is defined as a participatory research approach involving members of the public working closely with research investigators to initiate and advance scientific research projects. However, there are no common measures or protocols to guide citizen science research at the local community setting. We describe overarching categories of constructs that can be considered when designing citizen science projects expected to yield multi-level interventions, and provide an example of the citizen science approach to promoting PA. We also recommend potential measures across different levels of impact. Encouraging some consistency in measurement across studies will potentially accelerate the efficiency with which citizen science participatory research provides new insights into and solutions to the behaviorally-based public health issues that drive most of morbidity and mortality. The measures described in this paper abide by four fundamental principles specifically selected for inclusion in citizen science projects: feasibility, accuracy, propriety, and utility. The choice of measures will take into account the potential resources available for outcome and process evaluation. Our intent is to emphasize the importance for all citizen science participatory projects to follow an evidence-based approach and ensure that they incorporate an appropriate assessment protocol. We provided the rationale for and a list of contextual factors along with specific examples of measures to encourage consistency among studies that plan to use a citizen science participatory approach. The potential of this approach to promote health and wellbeing in communities is high and we hope that we have provided the tools needed to optimally promote synergistic gains in knowledge across a range of Citizen Science participatory projects.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 113 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 24 21%
Unspecified 19 17%
Researcher 16 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 6%
Other 32 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 29 26%
Medicine and Dentistry 18 16%
Social Sciences 18 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 10%
Sports and Recreations 10 9%
Other 27 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 69. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 May 2019.
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#255,814
of 13,763,586 outputs
Outputs from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#85
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#10,189
of 272,493 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#2
of 17 outputs
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