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Smarter Crowdsourcing Zika

Explored innovative and practical ways to address the causes of mosquito-borne diseases in 4 Latin American countries in 2016.

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    Governance Area
  • National Governance
  • Institution Type
  • Public Sector
  • Innovative Capability
  • Collective Intelligence Crowdsourcing Expert Networks Design Thinking Rapid Prototyping
  • Product Category
  • Event/Workshop Mapping Strategy


Global and complex public health emergencies, such as Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya, threaten public health and well-being, risk disruption to global and regional trade and economic stability, and cause widespread uncertainty and concern. They are complex and interdependent problems that demand access to expertise that is diverse and widely dispersed. But mobilizing this expertise -- both credentialed know-how and experiential wisdom-- demands coordination and curation to bring the best thinking to bear and translate good ideas into actionable proposals backed by evidence.




Inter-American Development Bank
City of Rio de Janeiro
Government of Argentina
Government of Panama
Government of Colombia


In response, the Governance Lab and the Inter-American Development Bank in partnership with the Governments of the City of Rio de Janeiro, Argentina, Colombia and Panama, hosted a series of online conferences from August-October 2016. Instead of a handful of people meeting once at great expense in a conference room, we used the Internet to mobilize and curate diverse and distributed expertise -- both credentialed know-how and experiential wisdom -- to identify, design and iterate upon implementable ideas that governments can use. Conference topics included:

  1. Assessing Public Awareness
  2. Communication and Behavior Change
  3. Trash and Standing Water
  4. Information Collection/Data Governance
  5. Long Term Care
  6. Predictive Analytics

Results & Impact

The Smarter Crowdsourcing team conducted a series of interviews and research into the ideas that were generated during the conferences, identifying their costs and benefits, the steps required for implementation, and the key strategic decisions that governments would need to make along the way. The team’s findings were combined into an Implementation Report, which consists of twenty initiatives selected for their importance and potential impact as well as their suitability for immediate implementation. The Implementation Report is designed to enable public authorities to translate these new ideas into practical improvements in the way they deliver policies and services.


Beth Simone Noveck

Maria Hermosilla

Rafael F. Ayoub

Eleonore Pauwels

Denny Tek

Christopher Wong

Claudio Mendonca

Anna Bialas

Ena Bek