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Understanding what builds and maintains a community

A strong evaluation program is key to the long term growth and success of every nonprofit organization, but is especially important for Public Lab because they focus not just on breadth of engagement, but also depth of engagement, and ownership of results. This requires a more nuanced understanding of who is participating, how, and why.

With support from the Rita Allen Foundation, Public Lab partnered with the Center for Community and Citizen Science over three years on a two part evaluation project. The evaluation program was designed to help us understand what brings people to the Public Lab community, what they gain from participating, and what prompts them to stay engaged or increase their participation over time.

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