Piloting a citizen science approach for auditing rural walkability in Tasmania

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The Community of Practice for Citizen Science in Prevention brings together people from research, policy, practice, and community settings to share knowledge, ideas, and resources to support the design, delivery and evaluation of citizen science in prevention.

In this session, guest presenters Dr Kim Jose and Kate Garvey will join a discussion on how citizen science was used to investigate walkability in rural towns in Tasmania, reflect on its value for researchers and policy makers and also the implications for communities.

Citizen scientists in three rural towns conducted an active living audit by taking photographs of town features which impacted walking. After the audit and photo data were collated, researchers facilitated workshops with community members to enable further sense-making and identification of priorities for action. The project generated insights into aspects of the built environment that impacted walking in rural towns as well as the impact on social connectedness.