Information for survey participants

Hello and thank you for participating.

This survey is the work of Ollie Shearman, a Masters of Science Communication student at Australian National University. Currently he is studying through the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) and also works for the International Baccalaureate. This survey is related to his work as a student at CPAS ANU and not related to his work at the not-for-profit organisation International Baccalaureate.

It is the aim of this work to understand if participating in a citizen science project will impact participant’s feelings towards science?

At this stage, this work involves a quick survey, which should only take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Anyone who has participated in the Globe at Night citizen science project may participate. The results may be published in journal papers, conference papers and academic commentary websites such as The Conversation. A summary of the results will be provided to participants on the CPAS research support blog Diffusion by the end of 2017. Your responses to the survey will be completely confidential. Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time simply by closing your browser window. You can also decline to answer any question.

Once you press 'Done' at the end of the survey, your answers will be included in the study.

Please do not include any identifying information in your answers, to protect your confidentiality. If you do include identifying information, it will be deleted prior to analysis of the survey answers, and will not be included in any resulting publications. Please also note, that input cannot be received from children and responses from those under 18 will not be accepted.

None of the questions are particularly intrusive, but again you can decline to answer any question if you don't want to. It is unlikely you will personally benefit from the research, aside from having the opportunity to express your opinions and share your experiences. However, your contributions will help build our understanding of the role played by citizen science programs in shaping people's feelings about science.

Survey results and related files will be stored securely for the duration of the study. Once the study is complete, any electronic files will be stored in a locked cabinet in a locked cupboard at CPAS that only senior staff can access. Materials will be stored for at least five years after any publication then securely destroyed.

If you have any queries or concerns about the research, please contact:

Oliver Shearman (Primary Investigator)
Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)
The Australian National University
Email: U6099687@uds.anu.edu.au
The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee. If

you have any concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact:
Ethics Manager
The ANU Human Research Ethics Committee
The Australian National University
Telephone: +61 2 6125 3427
Email: Human.Ethics.Officer@anu.edu.au.

* 1. Have you participated in the Globe at Night project?

* 2. How many observations have you taken in the last 12 months? 

* 3. Have you ever studied science in any form beyond a high school level?

* 4. Do you feel that your participation in a citizen science project has changed your understanding of the scientific process?

* 5. Do you feel working on a citizen science project has changed your perception of what science is?

* 6. Do you feel working on a citizen science project has changed your perception of how science works?

* 7. Do you feel working on a citizen science project has changed your trust in science?

* 8. Have you now read more scientific articles as a result of your citizen science experience?

* 9. Have you now watched more scientific TV or documentaries as a result of your citizen science experience?

* 10. Have you now conversed more with others regarding science as a result of your citizen science experience?

* 11. Do you feel you could make better informed decisions regarding scientific issues after working on a citizen science project?

* 12. Do you feel a difference in your personal ownership of science since working on a citizen science project?

* 13. What is your age?

* 14. What is your gender?

* 15. What country do you live in?

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