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Guide Tool: Determining Participant Roles

Guide Tool: Determining Participant Roles

The amount and type of engagement with intended users and other participants will vary depending on the project context and purpose, and more participation is not necessarily better if it does not help meet the project’s objective. 

All collaborative science projects engage and are responsive to the project’s intended users. In addition, many projects also involve participants who offer a unique perspective or important resources to support the work. This tool will help you characterize the interests of project users and other potential participants to help you deepen your relationships and develop appropriate roles in the project. 

How to access resources
Guide resources are provided as open-view Google Docs to promote access. Open the document, then make a copy or download the resource in your preferred format (File > Download).


This tool is part of an online Guide to Collaborative Science and was developed by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Science Collaborative Program.

Location: Design Project > Decide Who Needs to Be Involved and How