We held a series of online virtual workshops with citizen scientists and project managers of Outfall Safari to understand how impact is achieved and to begin to develop a method for monitoring impact.
The first workshops involved getting participants to create an ‘impact journey’ journey for Outfall Safari. An impact journey is a map that details the impacts of a project and the actions or steps that contribute to achieving them. We did this using interactive virtual post it notes – it was a great way to get everyone involved. Separate impact journey maps were created by citizen scientists and project coordinators in order to capture both perspectives. After the first two workshops, the MICS team took these two impact journeys and distilled them to create a synthesised version.
We then held a workshop with all stakeholder groups involved in Outfall Safari to validate the synthesised impact journey and consider which of the impacts were most important to monitor. The long-term impacts of Outfall Safari prioritised for monitoring by the workshop participants were:
Monitoring strategies were discussed for each of the prioritised impacts including what could be used as indicators, methods of monitoring, frequency of monitoring and who could be involved in monitoring.
The next steps are to use the insights identified in the workshops and work with the stakeholders to develop a detailed monitoring plan to assess and measure impact.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824711.
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