Led by Dr. Nancee Hunter and Dr. Martin Storksdieck, OSU’s Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning will conduct a needs assessment that will inform the expansion of the NASA GLOBE program to citizen scientists outside the K-12 arena. More specifically, we will identify needs of key audiences and assess how well an envisioned program expansion will likely meet those needs. The purpose of the project is project development, not research. Over the course of a year, OSU will assess the needs of citizen science audiences and practitioners to inform the expansion of the GLOBE Program to non-student audiences. The GLOBE Observer Program (serving the non-student citizen science audience) has identified the following general outcomes:
OSU will develop instruments that will assess how to achieve and refine these outcomes with specific user communities, including:
OSU will conduct initial needs assessments with select audience groups via surveys and interviews, and assist with the delivery of evaluation instruments as needed. This work encourages the public to make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations. At the same time, the project provides scientists with additional data that would be too expensive or time-consuming to acquire by other means. Read more here.