Dr. Shane Richards


Tips for collecting monitoring data and assessing the success of volunteer activities.

Were your field activities associated with a project successful?

This is an important but also often difficult question to answer. One way to assess your achievements is to collect monitoring data, however collecting data takes effort and it is not always clear what data are best to collect.

As a statistical ecologist at The University of Tasmania I routinely analyse monitoring data and make assessments that I then present to various end-users. In my talk I will provide some tips on the types of data that could be readily collected for different types of projects. I will also show how monitoring data can be displayed to inform others of project success, and I might even throw in a bit of statistics!

I think citizen science projects provide a largely untapped source of knowledge and with a bit of advice could be even more informative.


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