program evaluation

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Global Metrics for Grants: one way of doing, reporting and learning better

The Wikimedia movement is known for its diversity, on many levels: individuals, groups and organizations, in different contexts, are invested in achieving the same goal of free knowledge.

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Evaluation Portal on Meta: A Redesigned Space for Learning

Just over one year ago, the Wikimedia Foundation started talking about evaluating programs like Wiki Loves Monuments and the Wikipedia Education Program. The goal was to grow support for program leaders to evaluate activities and outcomes that would lead to learning and improving the effectiveness of their programs.

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"Wikimania 2014 Grantmaking Community Village stall CROP" by MCruz (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Grants, Programs and Learning: This year at Wikimania London

Those present at this year’s Wikimania may have witnessed a different presence of the Grantmaking team. The department, formed by Grants, Learning & Evaluation and Education teams, was present in the global conference that brings together Wikimedia project programs, movement leaders and volunteers to learn from and connect with one another at the five day event.

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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DARPA_Big_Data.jpg">"DARPA Big Data"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Kayaker">Kayaker</a>, under <a href="">PD US DARPA</a>

Digging for Data: How to Research Beyond Wikimetrics

For Learning & Evaluation, Wikimetrics is a powerful tool for pulling data for wiki project user cohorts, such as edit counts, pages created and bytes added or removed. However, you may still have a variety of other questions, for instance: How many members of WikiProject Medicine have edited a medicine-related article in the past three months?

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Asking the right questions: Resources for your survey strategies

Surveys are an excellent strategy for measuring a group’s interests, behaviors, learning methods and other feedback. They are windows into the mind of the movement and they give us insight we otherwise would not have. These insights are gathered from survey questionnaires, where asking questions the right way becomes very important.

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A Collaborative Definition of Impact: Building Metrics Together

As part of the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, on Thursday, April 10, members of the WMF Grantmaking department’s Learning and Evaluation team held a brainstorming session around metrics with chapter representatives from around the world. The aim of the session was to start a conversation around what the evaluation metrics piloted in the (beta) Evaluation Reports tell us about our current programs and what they do not tell us, in terms of program impact.

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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…

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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,…

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Drafting a strategy plan with the community

This post was authored by User:Barcelona from Amical Wikimedia. Amical member classifying community proposals during Amical’s 2014-2018 strategy plan taskforce meeting 4 of the 5 members of the taskforce meeting At Amical Wikimedia we have started the process of thinking about, and writing down, our 2014–2018 strategic plan for the…

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Improving program performance: first evaluation workshop in Budapest

Participants from 15 countries attended the first Program Evaluation & Design Workshop In the Wikimedia movement, there are many organized activities seeking to contribute to the Wikimedia vision and strategic goals. But how do you determine which of these programs work and which don’t? And how can you further improve…

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