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I am pleased to announce the first Program Evaluation and Design Workshop!
- *When*: 22–23 June 2012
- *Where*: Budapest, Hungary
The application process is now open. We have only 20 slots available for
this workshop and the application deadline ends on May 17th. This two-day
event will be followed by a pre-conference workshop at Wikimania 2013.
Ideally, applicants would commit to attending both events.
*Why are we offering this workshop?* Over the next couple of years, the
Wikimedia Foundation will be building capacity among program leaders around
evaluation and program design. A better understanding of how to increase
impact through better planning, execution and evaluation of programs &
activities will help us to move a step closer to achieving our mission of
offering a free, high quality encyclopedia to our readers around the world.
*What will take place at this and the following workshops?* Our long-term
1. Participants gain a basic shared understanding of program evaluation
2. Participants will work collaboratively to map and prioritize
measurable outcomes, beginning with a focus on the most common program &
3. Participants will gain increased fluency in common language of
evaluation (i.e. goals versus objectives, inputs & outputs versus outcomes
4. Participants will learn and practice how to extract and report data
using the UserMetrics API
5. Participants will commit to working as a community of evaluation
leaders who will implement evaluation strategies in their programmatic
activities and report back at the pre-conference workshop at Wikimania 2013
6. …and participants will have a lot of fun and enjoy networking with
other program leaders!
We will publish a detailed agenda for the event in Budapest soon on meta.
*Which programs & activities are we going to focus on?* During the workshop
in Budapest, we will only have a limited amount of time. Therefore, we will
be focusing on the some of the more common programs & activities:
- *Wikipedia editing workshops* where participants learn how to or
actively edit (i.e. edit-a-thon, wikiparty, hands-on Wikipedia workshop)
- *Content donations* through partnerships with GLAMs & related
- *Wiki Takes/Expeditions* where volunteers participate in day/weekend
events to photograph site specific content
- *Wiki Loves Monuments* which takes place in September
- *Education program/classroom editing* where volunteers support
educators who have students editing Wikipedia in the classroom
- *Writing competitions* which generally take place online in the form
of contests, WikiCup, and challenges – often engaging experienced editors
to improve content.
*Who should apply?* Community members who play an *active role* in
planning and executing programs & activities as described above in the
Wikimedia community. Your experience and knowledge will make this workshop
*What about the costs for travel and accommodation?* Hotels, flights and
other transportation costs will be on your chapter; the Wikimedia
Foundation will provide the venue, handouts, breakfasts and light lunches,
and a dinner for all participants on Saturday. If you're not affiliated
with a chapter and cannot afford to attend the event, please send me a
private email – we have a small amount of money set aside for those cases.
Applications are open until May 17. You can apply via this Google
Thanks for your interest, and I look forward to a great group of
Wikimedia Foundation Program Evaluation & Design Community Coordinator
and keep it free!
Visit me on Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:SarahStierch>!