Details of the ways we define and measure the ‘impact’ of our programmes at Wikimedia UK
can be found here:
Chair, Wikimedia UK
On 19 May 2014, at 02:23, ENWP Pine <deyntestiss(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
Hi, I spent a few minutes searching on Meta for how
"impact" is defined. What is the WMF definition?
Some examples of places where "impact" is used:
I am not fond of the Boulmetis / Dutwin definition used in that last reference because
short-term effects can be important and much easier to measure than long-term effects. For
example, an administrator protecting a page can have the short-term effect of preventing
editing and preventing an edit war, and the long term effects of that can be impossible to
know, such as whether preventing an edit war prevented the situation from escalating to an
Arbcom case with imposition of long-term blocks, and also whether preventing editing
prevented important information from being added to the page by an occasional IP editor.
I might suggest a rewrite of that entire page on "program evaluation basics" to
make it simple. Right now it's a wall of text that's difficult to follow and, I
feel, at least partly wrong. I think that Edward Galvez is working on some of these issues
and I would be happy to have him or someone else in Evaluation thoughtfully redesign and
rewrite that page to make it easy to follow for everyone including non-native English
speakers. If I have a hard time with that page, you can imagine how difficult it is for
someone who only understands English at an intermediate level. I would like to start with
having a clear and simple definition of "impact" that makes sense in Wikimedia
contexts, and some examples that are easy to follow.
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: