6 government sites crowdsourcing citizen ideas

Local governments and federal agencies are leveraging crowdsourcing feedback tools such as UserVoice to gauge citizen feedback. Here are 6 examples.

What other agencies are doing the same?

Ideas for Seattle

Ideas for Seattle

On behalf of Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn, welcome to Ideas for Seattle. The strength of our city comes from our talented citizens. We need your input during this transition so that we can work together to make Seattle a better place for all of us.

Santa Cruz City Budget

Santa Cruz City Budget

This is your city. Though these challenges are shared with a nation and indeed the world, we need to come up with our own solutions. How would you like to see the city handle these trying times?

Ideas for Austin

Ideas for Austin

What are your ideas to prepare our city for the 21st century economy?

openNASA

openNASA

Welcome to the official openNASA feedback and ideas forum. Do you have an idea? Do you recognize a good idea when you see one? We want to hear from you!

Department of Veterans Affairs Website

Department of Veterans Affairs Website

St Louis County Crime Incident Map

St Louis County Crime Incident Map

Welcome to the official feedback forum for the St Louis County Crime Incident Map. Do you have an idea to improve our site? Do you recognize a good idea when you see one? We want to hear from you!

About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh and a strategy consultant for CivicActions and NuCivic. He can be reached at luke@govfresh.com. Other projects: GovPress, CityCamp, CivicMakers and Agile Government Leadership.

12 Responses

  1. Tim

    Nice, thanks! I was only aware of Santa Cruz and Austin before.

    We recently launched ParticipateDB (http://ParticipateDB.com), a collaborative catalogue for online tools for participation. It looks like “Ideas for Seattle”, “Ideas for Austin” and “openNasa” can all be broadly considered online consultations and I’ve added them to our list of exemplary projects.

  2. Another example from Austin I found: http://ideas.openaustin.org/

    I’m curious how mobile could be integrated simply such as via the Pittsburg city application or perhaps even TxtEagle which is being used in the developing world.

    I’m curious what the platforms that can be used….I know if you search “open source digg clone” Pligg, Corank, and WordPress vote it up show up along with about 10 others.

    Certainly using User Voice, Suggestion Box, or a moderated free wiki could also help.

  3. Over in the UK we are using crowdsourcing for ideas to help improve Dignity in Care – we have had a great response so far with over 130 ideas posted, over 700 comments on those ideas and hundreds of votes cast.

    Our competition closes for bids at 10am 15 March 2010 and to voters.commenters at noon on Thursday 18 March 2010.

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