UB supports the use of crowdsourcing services as an efficient source for data collection.
Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining information or input, into a task or project, by enlisting the services of a large number of people. Crowdsourcing Services (i.e. Mturk, Prolific) make it easier to streamline this process by providing access to a diverse, on-demand workforce through a flexible user interface. UB supports the use of crowdsourcing services as an efficient source for data collection.
Crowdsourcing services may be ordered with PCard (State, Research Foundation or UB Foundation Procurement Cards) or Purchase Order (if the vendor accepts a Purchase Order).
Some examples of Crowdsourcing suppliers are:
All crowdsourcing services must be purchased using the authorized mechanisms of PCard or PO. A one-time exception must be requested and approved in instances where a personal reimbursement is required.
Ongoing reimbursement requests for these purchases will be rejected, and individuals will be held personally liable for purchases made with a personal credit card.
When in doubt, find out! Consult with our purchasing agents for advice.
All procurement activity is subject to periodic audit to monitor compliance with policies and procedures.