How can citizen science projects influence the world we live in? A substantial number of citizen science projects start from the wish to change something. The Tatort street light project, for example, measures insect occurrence and behaviour because they want to protect the insect population from light pollution.
However, data is not enough to change the world. IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, WWF Netherlands and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs have developed a handbook for influencing. This handbook details ten steps for developing an influencing strategy using practical assignments. From “formulating or drawing the policy change” to “building a partnership with allies”, this handbook can help citizen science projects to bridge the gap between power holder and the (seemingly) powerless.