When the Government of Alberta announced in March 2013 that nearly $32 million would be cut from the University of Calgary’s Campus Alberta grant, university leadership responded by introducing a novel approach to gather feedback from the campus community about how to balance the budget: crowdsourcing.
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- In just over a month, the community identifying cost-saving and revenue-generating ideas to address a 7.3% budget reduction.
- Thousands of people followed the campaign last spring including the media.
- The university was able to reach more of the campus community using the IdeaScale solution than they could have otherwise using more traditional data collection approaches
- And more.
“We completed a high level analysis of the potential cost savings and revenue generation from the ideas provided through the IdeaScale solution and the total is in the millions of dollars.” – Bruce Evelyn, Vice-Provost (Planning and Resource Allocation), University of Calgary