HHSignite (beta): CDC Microtasking Project (Working Title)
Submitted by staff from: CDC / Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response
- Diana Yassanye, CDC/OPHPR
- LCDR Jacinta Smith, CDC/OPHPR
Project Lead’s Approving Supervisor:
Serena Vintr, Public Health Analyst, CDC/OPHPR
Summary: This proposal tests the implementation and use of a web platform that enables small (micro)tasks to be completed by the public.
Microtasking is a way for CDC staff to post unclassified, one-minute to one-day long (micro)tasks that can be solved by undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate student volunteers. This expands the agency’s workforce and relieves staff to focus on in-depth assignments. In return, universities can offer students eager for experience a small window into government work. This allows students to bring fresh ideas to smaller projects and they can add “micro-volunteering for CDC” to their résumé.
By targeting students, this effort cultivates the future public health workforce. In fact, the CDC Human Capital and Resource Management Office is interested in developing a CDC e-intern program in the future with this platform as a model precedent.
The six-month timeline for this grant will go towards the development of the website and early testing for the CDC Microtasking Project. This project leverage efforts by the State Department which spent 18 months designing and creating their “Virtual Student Foreign Service” platform.
The CDC has the permission from the State Department to use their legal documents, currently being vetted through CDC OGC. This project has the support of the CDC Office of Communications, the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response leadership, the CDC Public Health Domain Committee, and the Human Capital and Resources Management Office.
For more information, visit the wiki page for this project