ACRP IdeaHub FAQs
What is IdeaHub all about?
IdeaHub is an online platform for identifying and collecting airport-related research needs ("ideas") and for developing these ideas into "problem statements" through collaboration. Ideas and problem statements are not proposals, nor are they requests for research grants; rather, they are justifications for funding a research project to address a particular issue.
What kinds of ideas is ACRP seeking?
ACRP undertakes industry-driven, applied research designed to produce implementable results that the airport industry can use to address the numerous challenges it faces. For more information about ACRP, visit our website at: http://www.trb.org/ACRP/ACRP.aspx.
Why do I have to register, and how do I do that?
To access IdeaHub, you must register. Registration is required for several reasons. First, registration helps keep IdeaHub a fun, positive, and safe community. Second, registration enables practitioners to easily find others with whom to collaborate. Another benefit is that ACRP can track the types of airport industry practitioners who use the site. Finally, registration gives us a chance to communicate with you about upcoming program opportunities.
Once in IdeaHub, click on the "Register Now" button toward the bottom of the Welcome page. You will be redirected to myACRP and asked to complete the required fields. Once that's done, click the Register button. You'll receive an email confirming your registration and asking you to verify your account and email address. You'll then be asked to provide a password and a user name. After that, you'll be able to take advantage of all the opportunities in IdeaHub!
I can't remember my password, how do I get back into IdeaHub?
If you forget your password, click "Lost your password." You will be asked to enter your email address, then you can click Get New Password. An email will be sent with a link, and from there, you will be able to create a new password you can use to log into IdeaHub.
I'm confused! I don't even know where to begin!
IdeaHub offers lots of ways to view ideas and engage with fellow practitioners, so first time visitors might not know where to begin. We suggest that you first spend a few minutes exploring the site, getting familiar with its contents and navigation. Then, try looking for and viewing ideas of interest to you. Next, try posting a comment. Finally, if you see an idea for which you'd like to become more engaged in its refinement to becoming a formal problem statement, think about owning an unowned idea. If you have questions, look through these FAQs for further guidance.
There are so many ideas! How can I find ideas that I'm interested in?
There are two ways of finding ideas of interest to you. First, you can look under, "What We're Discussing" to find dozens of tags (key words); clicking on a tag will display all the ideas related to that topic. Second, you can use the search feature (indicated by the magnifying glass icon) near the top of the webpage.
How do I comment and respond to comments on an idea?
To comment and respond to comments, click on the idea's title to open the idea. Once opened, you'll find the comment box at the bottom of the idea's webpage. You can also limit who sees your comment and set notifications and add others in the community to the conversation.
How do I create an idea?
To create an idea, simply click on the Create New Idea button at the top right, fill in a few fields, and hit the Save button at the bottom left.
I don't want people to see and comment on my idea—is there a way to add an idea and not have it be visible?
A fundamental reason that ACRP uses IdeaHub for gathering ideas is because we believe it is through industry collaboration that ideas can be developed into high quality problem statements. Therefore, all ideas and resulting problem statements are visible to the IdeaHub community and open for comment.
I'm having trouble with a technical issue—can someone help me?
If you are having a technical issue, we recommend contacting the Ideascale support team by clicking on the conversation icon at the lower right of the site.
How do I become an idea owner or remove myself from ownership?
By default, ownership is assigned to the individual entering an idea into IdeaHub. If you see an idea that does not have an owner, or you do not wish to be the owner of an idea, state your request in the comment box, directing it to an IdeaHub administrator (using @ideahub). In either case, you will be notified once the change is made.
I'm an idea owner. NOW what do I do?
The chief responsibility of an idea owner is to seek and consider industry comments with the goal of refining and completing your idea and having it submitted for funding consideration.
If you own a synthesis topic, just be sure you've completed all the fields, including related research.
If you own a research idea, you will need to complete remaining fields. Once your idea is fully developed, you can submit your idea as a problem statement for funding consideration. This can be done in one of two ways: 1) You can advance your idea as a problem statement to the "Submitted" stage (by clicking on [Advance/Moderate Idea]) or, you can post a comment to an IdeaHub administrator (using @ideahub) saying it's ready for submittal. Note: Once an idea is submitted as a problem statement, it cannot be edited, so make sure you're satisfied with its content and quality prior to submission.
How do I find a specific idea I've heard about?
There are several ways to locate a specific idea. First, you can type a key word in the search window to narrow the number of displayed ideas. If you know the idea number, you can type that into the search window. You can also narrow the list of displayed ideas by clicking on one of the themes listed under "What we're discussing" on the right side of the screen. Lastly, you can have someone on the idea's team email you the link to an idea.
How can I find related research?
You can find related research by visiting the ACRP website (http://www.trb.org/ACRP/ACRP.aspx) and using its search function. ACRP's search feature provides access to not only its publications but all literature in TRB's expansive electronic library which is the world's largest library of transportation-related published research. General, online searches may also be used. If you want to see if there ACRP research projects underway, you can search for those by clicking on "PROJECTS" on the banner at the top of the ACRP website. Lastly, feel free to post the question as a comment for the IdeaHub community.
What is the deadline for creating an idea?
There is no deadline—IdeaHub is set up so you can create an idea any time! However, our program operates on an annual cycle, and research problem statements and synthesis topics need to be evaluated and selected by a specific time each year, so there are deadlines if you want your idea to be considered in a particular program year:
Research ideas must be submitted as completed problem statements by March 20 of the preceding year (e.g., to be considered for FY 2020, a problem statement must be submitted by March 20, 2019.
Research ideas created as synthesis topics must be submitted by September 22, 2018.
What is the deadline for submitting a problem statement?
The deadline for submitting a problem statement (i.e., a fully developed idea) is usually March 20. This allows time for industry evaluation and for review and consideration by the ACRP Oversight Committee which meets in July.
Ideas vs. problem statements—what's the difference?
ACRP wants to make it easy to call attention to a potential research need—we call that creating an idea in IdeaHub—and there are just a few key fields to complete. However, for the industry to have enough information and context to conduct a formal review, and for ACRP Oversight Committee to have enough information to decide whether or not to allocate funds to address the need, a formal problem statement is required. A problem statement builds on the original idea by adding fields (such as estimated cost and related research) and by refining each section through collaboration. Once these steps have occurred, an idea is ready to be submitted as formal problem statement for funding consideration. After submittal, a problem statement cannot be edited.
What do I do if my idea is similar to other ideas or other research?
There are several ways to address this situation. First, you can join the conversations of similar ideas by posting comments and questions. If you've already created a similar idea, your idea could be combined with an existing idea. If, however, your idea is similar yet distinct enough to warrant its own research effort, it will be up to you to distinguish your idea from those that are related. This is important because some practitioners, including some on the AOC Oversight Committee, may not have the expertise required to readily understand the subtleties between your idea and the related research.
What makes a good idea or problem statement?
Our reviewers and our Oversight Committee use specific criteria to gauge the relevance, value, and quality of a problem statement. Visit the help pages in IdeaHub to view tutorials for creating ideas and growing them into problem statements.
How can I find out the status of my idea or problem statement?
When you open an idea, you will see the phase it's on to the right side of the idea. Conversely, you can see all the ideas in various phases by clicking on the listing of phases on the right side of the IdeaHub site.
When will I know I've been selected to do the research associated with my idea?
The focus of IdeaHub is to identify what research to undertake, not to identify a contractor to do the work. The creation of an idea and/or the submission of a problem statement are not the same as proposing to do the research or requesting a research grant. If a problem statement is selected for funding, a panel of topic experts is formed to prepare a request for proposals, and anyone may submit a proposal to do the work (including the original idea creator/owner).
I can't find an idea—where did it go?
Rest assured that ideas do not disappear from IdeaHub. Yet, to make the number of ideas displayed more manageable, in most places within the site, only a limited number will appear. For example, if you are looking at ideas in the environmental category, other ideas not related to that topic will not appear. Likewise, if you've picked a particular tag, only those ideas with that tag will be displayed. Additionally, if you're accessing an idea in a particular phase (e.g., Build a Team, Collaborate & Refine), you will only see ideas in those phases. If you've "lost" an idea, type in a key word or the idea number associated with the idea in the search function and will show up on your screen.
I saved an idea as a draft, and now I can't find it! Where did it go?
When you save an idea as a draft, it will not be publically visible. To get to your draft idea, first, click on "Create New Idea." In the section with the heading "Add Your Idea to IdeaHub," you will see a counter that says, "1 Draft." Click on that to bring up your draft idea.
How do I edit previously completed fields in my idea?
It is likely that your team will want to revise previously completed fields as you develop your idea into a problem statement, and that can done when the idea is in the Collaborate and Refine stage. To revise the objective and background fields, open your idea and click on [Edit] directly below your objective to have access to all fields, with the exception of the title. If you wish to revise your title, contact an administrator.
To revise the approach to research, cost and justification, and related research fields, open your idea and click on [Edit Answer] directly below the answer field in question.
How will I know if my problem statement was approved and funded?
Projects that have been approved and funded are listed in the, “Approved Projects” phase.