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What's going on in YouCount? An interview with project manager Reidun Norvoll

 After months of preparatory work on data management plans, literature reviews, methodological frameworks, stakeholder mapping exercises, website and social media presence, and much more, YouCount is now heading into a more practical, hands-on phase. In some countries, researchers and young citizen scientists are already working together on th...
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Save the date for YouCount's upcoming knowledge sharing webinars!

Europe faces a pressing need to build more inclusive and youth-friendly societies. Developing more knowledge and innovations on how to enhance youth social participation, employment and social belonging should include young people themselves. Youth citizen social science (Y-CSS) is the approach through which the resear...
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The YouCount will present the first results in ESPAnet2021 conference

Exciting news! The first scientific results of the YouCount project will be presented at the ESPAnet2021 conference, which will be held on 31st August - 3rd September, 2021 online.   About the conference ESPAnet's 18th Annual and first ONLINE Conference is hosted by the Social Policy and Social Work Team of the KU Leuven Centre for S...
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How to Reward Young Citizen Social Scientists?

In YouCount, youths from nine European countries will participate as citizen scientists in case studies addressing their lived experience of social exclusion and inclusion. As their contribution is essential to the research, there is a genuine need to discuss their rewards and compensation: How to avoid any kinds of exploitation of young citizen scientists?

How should we reward their work? What kinds of rewards should we use? How can we reward an originally volunteer activity? What will constitute a fair solution in the local cases and across the cases? How should we design and develop the SPOTTERON citizen science application? 

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What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science (CS) – broadly defined as ‘voluntary participation of the public in the scientific process’ and currently launched by the European Commission (EC) as an open science priority – holds great potential for contributing to new knowledge and innovations, helping create more inclusive societies for young people by supporting science–society collaboration and the active engagement of citizens in research and innovation.

Yet CS is less developed in the social sciences, and evidence of the actual outcomes of CS in social science research is still scant. Thus, YOUCOUNT will respond to these scientific and societal needs by developing youth citizen science in the social sciences (Y-CSS) together with youths as citizen scientists (YCS), supporting the implementation of hands-on CSS in practice and providing a solid evaluation base of the implementation and outcomes of CSS.

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  • We have launched the YouCount Website! More will come soon, stay tuned!

    Wednesday, 05 May 2021

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