Citizen science in the community: Gaining insight in community and participant health in four deprived neighbourhoods in the Netherlands

Sanneke J M Grootjans*, M M N Stijnen, M E A L Kroese, D Ruwaard, Ir M W J Jansen

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The aim of this study was to examine if citizen science contributes to gaining insight into community health and to the health of the citizen scientists themselves. Therefore, thirteen citizens in four deprived neighbourhoods were trained as citizen scientists to conduct research in their own communities. Results showed that the citizen scientists identified forty (health related) themes in their communities. The citizen scientists reported an increase in their overall self-perceived health which, however, was not significantly demonstrated in the prequestionnaire and postquestionnaire.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102798
Number of pages9
JournalHealth & Place
Early online date29 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Citizen science
  • Co-creation
  • Community empowerment
  • Community health
  • Deprived community

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