Iowa DOT has announced the successful deployment of Qmarkets’ innovation management software, with the launch of their Research Ideas Website. Their goal is to crowdsource ideas from their stakeholders, both internal and external to DOT, to increase engagement and transparency throughout the organization.
Iowa, United States – The Iowa Department of Transportation – a government agency that assures that transportation in Iowa gets people and goods where they need to go safely, efficiently and conveniently – has launched an open innovation platform to harness the wisdom of all relevant stakeholders throughout the state.
The DOT needed a platform that would allow them to engage audiences both inside and outside of their agency in one seamless interface by utilizing internal open innovation software and external open innovation software. However, it was important that some areas of the tool would only be accessible to internal DOT employees. Qmarkets was selected due to strong functionality in this area and experience working with public sector organizations on similar projects.
Utilizing Qmarkets’ field-proven best practices, DOT tailored the idea crowdsourcing platform to follow a simple four-step process. Once an idea is submitted, it moves to the collaboration and evaluation phase where users share feedback via intuitive social features and help identify the best solutions through crowd voting functionality. The best ideas are then moved to the development phase, where they are refined and modified before eventually becoming an active project.
The Iowa DOT Idea Crowdsourcing website for users to suggest new and innovative ideas to improve transportation in Iowa.
Iowa DOT Research is encouraging innovation in transportation and the submission of ideas relating to all aspects of transport and its related infrastructure, through research, implementation, and technology transfer efforts. So far, the platform has received over 60 idea submissions and 129 votes, from 20+ submitters in the space of just three weeks.
“This platform is going to allow a whole new level of engagement and transparency for us.” shared Brian Worrel, Research Program Manager at the Iowa DOT. “We’re really happy to be using Qmarkets’ idea crowdsourcing tool to help drive innovation at the DOT, both internally and externally.”
“The Iowa DOT is really ‘leading the way’ by employing such an cutting-edge approach to citizen engagement” shared Steve Reed, Director of US Innovation at Qmarkets “Our platform is primarily used by innovative global private sector companies, so it’s great to see a relatively traditional government agency getting ahead of the curve and using our tool to harness the wisdom of their crowds. We’re excited to see what results this initiative generates!”.
If you'd like to learn more about how the Iowa DOT are using Qmarkets' platform to deliver results, attend our webinar on the 26th of August where Iowa DOT's Research Program Manager, Brian Worrel, will be joining us for a Q&A on the new initiative and discussing his experience with the platform.
About the Iowa Department of Transportation
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT), headquartered in Ames, Iowa, is the government agency in the U.S. state of Iowa responsible for transportation in the state that gets people and goods where they need to go safely, efficiently and conveniently. .
The agency was created in 1904 as the Iowa State Highway Commission, an extension of Iowa State College in Ames. In 1913, the commission was spun off from the college and became a government agency. In 1974, the highway commission was folded into a larger transportation department with other modes of transportation becoming the Iowa Department of Transportation.
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