Two consultants from DeLoitte’s government practice have some thoughts about how government can tap into the potential for crowdsourcing:
Turning to large groups of people to solve problems, make decisions, and generate ideas in a decentralized way is not a new concept. However, advances in technology and societal changes have made the process of tapping the wisdom of the crowd easier and more direct than ever. Before jumping on the crowdsourcing bandwagon, however, government organizations must first understand the five basic models and when to use the activities associated with each.
The models they look at for mobilizing crowds are competition, collaboration, voting, labor and funding. Check out their ideas in this Governing article found here.