Research

Part of empowering citizens is participating in research (both formal and informal) that improves experiences, validates methods, and more. We are so grateful to work with many incredible partners, who help us make sure that what we’re doing is rigorous and can be trusted!

Laura Gilbert, one of the researchers studying values in relation to Water Rangers

Behaviour research

We are currently conducting formal academic research with Carleton University and McGill University on happiness, nature connectedness, values and water stewardship. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for updates on this!

Informally, we’ve been conducting research for the past few years! As we complete programs, such as this one funded by WWF-Canada and Loblaw, we usually ask our participants to fill out carefully designed questionnaires. This is so we can develop an understanding of how people’s relationships with water change as a result of testing it! So far, we’ve found that when people test the water, they end up feeling more connected to it and want to protect it as a result. This informs our “theory of change”, which says that when people learn about, and then test water, they are prompted to act to protect waterways.

Check out the impact reports which explain the results of some of our programs in greater detail! 

List of behaviour research projects coming soon!


Scientific accuracy

We care deeply about ensuring that the tools we build are as accurate as possible. Here’s just some of the work we’re doing to ensure that our testkits are useful!

Comparing the Water Rangers testkit to professional YSI Probes

Conductivity comparison

High-level phosphorus readings using machine learning

Which test strips are the most accurate? A comparison of pH strips

Improving test strip accuracy using machine-learning


White papers we’ve contributed to


Academic articles that mention Water Rangers

Coming soon!


Our current research projects

2021 – 2025: Water quality in Canada: validation, interpretation, and mobilization of community-based water monitoring


Do you have a research idea you’d like to talk to us about? Contact us!

Special thanks to...

Our research would not have been possible without the support of...

Just normal people, those who have never earned a biology degree, can be curious about the world around them. Exploring the water where you live not only gets you outside and engages you in your community, but also inspires you to learn more. Citizen Science works for every age and stage! Interested in what is in your water? Is it optimum for life? Like playing with little test kits. Have a few waters you could test and compare? Maybe Water Rangers is for you. Get outside and learn!

Lee, tester from British Columbia