What are Stages?
Stages are various customizable phases where submitted ideas go through to bring maximum outcome from ideas and turn them into reality. An administrator can customize stages from the back-end setting and a moderator can move Ideas from one stages to another.
IdeaScale offers a total of seven Stage Functions which can be customized in a way that a specific group or all community members can be permitted to participate or view.
In this stage, community members browse ideas, add comments, and vote for their favorite ideas. The most popular ideas will rise to the top.
Help article: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/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: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/build-team-stage
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: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/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: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/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: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/reviewscale-stage
In this stage, participants pledge funds to ideas. Funders distribute resources among the best ideas, to make them ready for implementation.
Help article: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/fund-stage
This stage helps pairing ideas and getting the best ideas selected.
Help article: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/pairwise-stage
In this stage, the ideas can assessed by means of custom questions answered by a set or reviewers team assigned by the administrator of the community.
Help article: https://support.ideascale.com/setup/assessment-stage
This is a place to store ideas which are not currently active in your innovation workflow.
Help article: http://support.ideascale.com/en/articles/4193639-reserve-stage
In addition to all the stages we can now have any stage separated easily by dragging and dropping it below the separation line of the funnel where in our archive stage used to fall. This separation can be used in multiple ways like separating ideas for the final phase or displaying ideas closer to selection or implementation. You can also set a default stage which will appear first when you navigate to the campaign page.
Once the stage is separated the front end users will be able to see the stages in the funnel as below.
Administrator has a right to set a default stage for a funnel. When a member navigates to campaign page, it will load all the ideas from the stage selected under the Default stage option. This will be applicable to all the campaigns falling under that funnel.
Stage End Date
You can also add an end date to stages for specific campaign from the Campaign Settings. Adding an end date to stages will not allow members any kind of participation like voting and commenting in those stages after the specified date.
This will reflect as a timeline in the Campaign details section as in the below screenshot.
Note: The chevron will appear grey if the stage has expired or is an archived stage.
Help Article explaining Stage Permissions for Submitters, Owners, Teams, & Groups: https://support.ideascale.com/overview-articles/stage-permissions-for-submitters-teams-owners-groups