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Quantitative versus Qualitative: More friends than enemies

As Wikimedia program leaders and evaluators work together toward more systematic measurement and evaluation strategies, we face a common challenge to have both systematic quantitative data and qualitative information.

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Wikimedians in Residence: a journey of discovery

In April of 2014 I found myself digging deep into analytics in search of possible improvements and insight into what we do as a chapter. What brought me there? One of our most renowned programs, Wikimedians in Residence. [...]
Wikimedia UK has been involved with WiR in the UK with varying degrees of support and supervision. Since the creation of the chapter, we always felt that the program was worth running, seeing it as one of the key ways we can engage with external organizations. However, I never knew for sure, if that was just a feeling. Toward the end of 2013 we decided to explore these notions. …


Wikipedia for Schools Project

Teachers and students in Nyeri, Kenya listening to a tutorial under the Wikipedia for Schools Project. In 2005, SOS Children, the world’s largest charity for orphan and abandoned children[1] [2] launched the “A World of Learning” project, which handpicks Wikipedia articles and categorizes them by subject for schoolchildren around the…


In Egypt, Ain Shams’ Al-Alsun celebrates four terms of successful work on Wikipedia

This post is available in 2 languages: English  • Arabic English Students, ambassadors and professors celebrate as they wrap up the fourth term on Wikipedia. Two years ago the Wikipedia Education program had its first inception in the Arab world with Egypt’s Cairo Pilot. With such a large number of Arabic…


Yale Information Society Project’s Big Data Symposium: Expanding the conversation in an international context

Every time you send an email or a text message or save a file to the cloud, pieces of data related to your activity are created—the type of computer you are using, your IP address, where you are, the types of files that you’re uploading. Big data[1] and the tools…


Beginning to Understand What Works: Measuring the Impact of Wikimedia Programs

Radio Edit-a-thon in Argentina, on April 5, 2014. Across the globe, Wikimedia organizations and volunteers are engaging in online and offline activities to get more editors to contribute to Wikimedia projects. There are expansive efforts to attract new editors and to mobilize existing editors who can contribute diverse and high-quality…


Egyptian students help narrow gender gap on Wikipedia

Fewer than 15% of Wikipedia editors around the world are female and the coverage of articles about women on Wikipedia is often not very good. Although the Arabic Wikipedia suffers the same imbalance in its content, this is not the case for the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt. The number…


Learning from patterns: a new way to share important lessons

A learning pattern about how to allow multiple users to create accounts from the same IP address at editing events. A learning pattern about asking for gender identity in surveys. Problem: As a community, we need a better way to share what we learn when we work on projects that…


New Wiki Education Foundation directs program in U.S., Canada

In the Wikipedia Education Program, educators assign their students to contribute to Wikipedia as part of their coursework. Education efforts are underway in more than 60 countries worldwide. One of the pilot education programs, run by the Wikimedia Foundation, was in the United States and Canada. As part of Wikimedia’s goal to…


Survey shows interest in evaluation in Wikimedia movement, with room to grow

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Program Evaluation & Design team recently completed a survey about the evaluation of organized activities within the Wikimedia community. Program evaluation allows the Wikimedia community to see if the programs and projects they are doing, often to inspire and engage people to participate in the Wikimedia movement,…