Openness & transparency

Openness & transparency

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Openness & transparency: Co-evaluation procedures should be documented and made accessible to all participants, or even the wider public, whenever possible and ethically desirable. Transparency also applies to the documentation and sharing of co-evaluation results. 

Recommendations:

  • Data privacy and how to deal with sensitive data may be a challenge. Transparent informed consent procedures for any type of engagement are important and a recommendable way to reach an informed collective.
  • Document and share your co-evaluation results as much in an open and transparent manner as possible, while adhering to private data protection.
  • Apply FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles as far as possible. Transparent co-evaluation results are an important basis for reflection.
  • Consider appropriate (alternative) formats of publication accessible to a wide audience, of knowledge sharing, and the ability for replication and reuse for diverse target groups.

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  1. It is great when participants take ownership of the projects they are involved in, but does this reduce from the…

  2. It seems to me that this principle embodies the essence of co-evaluation. Which is an action taken in order to…

  3. This is a really important one, but perhaps also the hardest to achieve. Those marginalized perspectives are often the ones…

  4. Being open and transparent is key in my opinion for any successful project. I would add a recommendation to include…

  5. Thank you for organizing this consultation. It is a demonstration that you practice what you preach 🙂 This principle is…

  6. Forms and protocols for informed consent and similar need to be adapted for clearance from the part of ethic committees…

  7. It is important that the extra time required is factored-in from start. Otherwise it may come as a surprise and…

  8. With regards to this and all other principles, aspects of ethics and responsibility in all the research steps, must be…

  9. OK with the principle. In the recommendations, I thinks “reflexivity” should be stressed more. E.g. Not only flexibility, but also…

  10. I really like this one, but I would add some recommendations regarding the “letting go” of ownership from scientists or…

  11. I think this principle is the more specific to co-evaluation, while the rest could be standard principles for participatory research.…

  12. I think this one is also very important, but I miss more recommendations about the empowerment aspect and how co-evaluation…

  13. I like this one very much, and it’s already core to citizen science so it should definitively be part of…

  14. I think that respecting the timing constraints and interests of participants is vital. Also starting evaluation as early as possible.…

  15. I find the principle highly important and also all associated recommendations! Regarding the “negotiation of the research question” in the…

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5 comments
  • I like this one very much, and it’s already core to citizen science so it should definitively be part of co-evaluation. Just one suggestion. Apart from FAIR, when working with certain communities we also apply the CARE principles, maybe worth including it here? See the reference here:
    https://www.gida-global.org/care

  • regarding this principle, I would foremost add the need to increase awareness about best practices related to personal data, e.g. that personal data collection should be avoided unless absolutely needed (which is rarely the case), that personal data should be anonymized before sharing, etc.

  • Forms and protocols for informed consent and similar need to be adapted for clearance from the part of ethic committees when citizen scientist is involved. Procedures do vary from country to country, but can often require a lot of work, both intellectual and practical

  • Being open and transparent is key in my opinion for any successful project. I would add a recommendation to include a simple description of the co-evaluation process itself and what aspects of evaluation participants are/can be involved in.
    Does this principle also apply to the scientific results of the project (i.e. incorporating best science communication practices to explain the scientific data collected and its analysis and results)?

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