1. We look at the self-reported gender data and do some simple observations.
Pros:+ we will have an updated view of the gender gap problem.
+ we may spread seeds for further internal and/or external research about it.Cons:- If simple observations are not communicated properly, they will result in misinformation, that can possibly do more harm than good.
- The results will be very limited given that we know the data is very limited and contains biases.
2. We do extensive gender gap analysis internally.
Proper gender gap analysis, in a way that can result in meaningful interventions (think products and features by us or the community) requires one person from R&D to work on it almost full time for a long period of time (at least six months, more probably a year). In this case, the question becomes: How should we prioritize this question? Just to give you some context: Which of the following areas should this one person from R&D work on?
* reducing gender gap* increasing editor diversity in terms of nationality/language/...* increasing the number of active editors independent of gender* identifying areas Wikipedia is covered the least and finding editors who can contribute to those areas