Speaking with the USAID on Crowdsourcing and Transparency in Government

Written by Ramon Nuez

Aug 7, 2012

We are very excited to be speaking with Stephanie Grosser, Communications Specialist for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID

So what is the USAID — it’s a federal agency created by John F. Kennedy.
And the agency is responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.

Stephanie Grosser

Stephanie manages all internal and external communications for USAID’s Development Credit Authority. And if that was not enough Stephanie also has an impressive resume:

  • Presidential Management Fellow at USAID
  • Assistant Director, Washington Advocacy Office at Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
  • Congressional Intern for Representative Bernard Sanders
  • Received a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University
  • Received a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University
Questions

The interview will be on Google+ Hangout On Air and these are the questions:

  1. What is the USAID and why is foreign economic development important to the United states?
  2. What is a typical day in the life of a communications specialist for USAID?
  3. What does it mean to be a Presidential Management Fellow at the USAID?
  4. The USAID launched its first-ever crowdsourcing initiative to pinpoint the location of USAID Development Credit Authority loan data. Why is this a big deal for the USAID?
  5. Why did the USAID find it necessary to leverage crowdsourcing to not only analyze this data but make sense of all of it?
  6. Once all that data was indexed what did the USAID do with the results?
  7. Have other government agencies asked for your advice on how to best use the crowd to analyze large data sets?
  8. Crowdsourcing is still such a young work process — how did you begin the process and how was it managed?
  9. What was the most important lesson that the USAID learned from using the crowd?
  10. Would the the USAID use crowdsourcing on future projects?

Party Details

  • What: Stephanie Grosser: Speaking with the USAID on Crowdsourcing and Transparency in Government
  • When: Wednesday, August 8th, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT
  • Where: Google+ Hangout On Air
  • Hashtag: #CrowdChat
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About Author

About Author

Ramon Nuez

Ramon Nuez is a founder, fine arts photographer, digital artist, writer and wannabe harmonica player.

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