Citizen Science

Crowdsourcing for Research

Published in: The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute [Epub May 2018]

Posted on RAND.org on May 23, 2018

by Catherine A. Lichten, Becky Ioppolo, Camilla d'Angelo, Rebecca K. Simmons, Molly Morgan Jones

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Crowdsourcing draws on a large pool of people to gather inputs such as ideas, funding or labour. It can be used in citizen science research projects, where "citizens"—usually members of the public—provide inputs and valuable contributions despite not being formally trained experts in the topic of study. This learning report provides a practical overview of the use of crowdsourcing in scientific research projects.

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