Abstract: Science communicators develop qualitative and quantitative tools to evaluate the ‘impact’ of their work however narrative is rarely adopted as a form of evaluation. We posit narrative as an evaluative approach for research projects with a core science communication element and offer several narrative methods to be trialled. We use citizen science projects as an example of science communication research seeking to gain knowledge of participant-emergent themes via evaluations. Storied experience of participant involvement enhances understanding of context-based and often intangible processes, such as changing place-relations, values, and self-efficacy, by enabling a reflective space for critical-thinking and self-reflection.
Source: Constant, N. and Roberts, L., 2017. Narratives as a mode of research evaluation in citizen science: understanding broader science communication impacts. Journal of science communication, 16 (4): A03. DOI: https://jcom.sissa.it/archive/16/04/JCOM_1604_2017_A03