SciOPS


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SciOPS (Scientist Opinion Panel Survey) ia new type of science, technology, and innovation (STI) knowledge commons that seeks to disrupt and improve the current flawed systems of information exchange between the STI community and the public. Our goal is to fundamentally change the way science information is generated and consumed to promote the democratization of science understanding in society. 

SciOPS conducts brief, frequent, rapidly deployed surveys administered to members of a large standing panel of thousands of STI experts in universities, industry and government. It then delivers results on a web-based platform in infographic form and provides tools for the public to interact with the data. The platform provides a place where a variety of users – regardless of background knowledge, demographics, or expertise – can receive unbrokered, balanced, and informed expert input on scientific discoveries, trending issues, and emerging technologies. The aim of SciOPS is to disrupt the current STI communication system by demonstrating the current state of scientific consensus (or lack thereof) in the STI community about a range of issues and to open, data-informed exchange among the STI community, stakeholder organizations and the broader public.  

A key motivation for creating SciOPS is the current lack of any direct source of knowledge from the STI community on topics of relevance for policy and society. What we see almost exclusively are either media brokered summaries or generally inaccessible academic journal articles. The way in which SciOPS distributes STI information is fundamentally different from the majority of current science communication platforms in that it provides un-interpreted and un-editorialized STI information and entrusts society to understand, react to and use this information.   

SciOPS was created by CSTEPS in collaboration with experts in various fields including science policy, user experience, and survey design. A multidisciplinary advisory panel will provide insight on topics, methods, and strategies as we continue to scale this project. We received seed funding from ASU’s President, Dr. Michael Crow, to develop the initial phase of SciOPS. We launched the pilot phase of the project in June of 2020. 

You can learn more about SciOPS and view results from surveys at  www.sci-ops.org.

Featured Outputs (click to download PDF):

PDF icon Immigration and visa policy perceptions among US scientists

PDF icon Science and Technology 2021 Priorities: Perspectives of US based scientists

PDF icon Was the US Prepared to confront COVID-19? According to scientists, it depends

PDF icon COVID-19 stay-at-home orders worsen academic scientists’ home-life: women experience more difficulties

PDF icon How has COVID19 changed university science? The negative and positive impacts

PDF icon to_tweet_or_not_to_tweet_variations_in_scientist_social_media_use.pdf

PDF icon women_in_science_interactions_with_the_media_memo.pdf

PDF icon academic_scientists_benefits_and_challenges_with_media.pdf

SciOPS gives us a look into scientists' minds (AZ Big Media)