This article explains what stages are and its functionality in IdeaScale.
What are Stages?
Stages are nothing but various customizable phases where submitted ideas go through to bring maximum outcome from ideas and turn them into reality. Administrator can customize stages from back-end setting and a Moderator can move Ideas from one stages to another.IdeaScale offers a total of seven Stage Function, which can be customized in such a way that a specific Group or All Community Member can be permitted to Participate or View Stages.
The following are list of various Stages:
In this stage, community members browse ideas, add comments, and vote for their favorites. The most popular ideas rise to the top.
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2075773-ideate-stage
Build Team Stage
In this stage, participants assemble teams of experts, implementers, and champions around the most promising ideas. Browse ideas, check for open positions, and join idea teams
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2076287-build-team
In this stage, idea teams are called on to provide additional details about their ideas. Answer questions and help flush out your ideas, refining them into proposals for implementation.
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2080556-refine-stage
In this stage, participants are called on to estimate the value and cost of ideas. Submitted estimates are averaged to determine each idea's overall estimated return on investment.
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2080833-estimate-stage
In this stage, ideas are reviewed by experts from your community. Reviewers rate ideas based on a specified set of criteria to help uncover the ideas with the most potential.
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2080918-review-stage
In this stage, participants pledge funds to ideas. Funders distribute resources among the best ideas, to make them ready for implementation.
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2080834-fund-stage
This is a place to store ideas which are not currently active in your innovation workflow.
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2091306-archive-stages
Help Article explaining Stage Permissions for Submitters, Owners, Teams, & Groups: http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/2871730-stage-permissions-for-submitters-teams-owners-groups