[Wikimedia-l] Tomorrow: Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

LiAnna Davis ldavis at wikimedia.org
Thu Mar 21 16:54:51 UTC 2013

Just a reminder, this is starting in 5 minutes!

On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM, Frank Schulenburg <
frank.schulenburg at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> Tomorrow at 17:00 UTC, I will be holding an office hour about program
> evaluation on #wikimedia-office. The target audience for this office
> hour will be chapter representatives and volunteers who are currently
> running (or planning to run) programs and programmatic activities.
> You'll find some background information about why program evaluation
> might be worth talking about in my most recent blog post on the
> Foundation's blog:
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/01/lets-start-talking-about-program-evaluation/
> As we all know, most office hours follow a certain rule: there's one
> poor staffer who is getting grilled by the people on the IRC channel –
> people ask a variety of questions and the staff person tries to answer
> every question in a limited amount of time. It's a lot of fun (I
> guess, at least for the people who're asking the questions) and it has
> been a good way of direct communication between WMF employees and the
> community.
> Now, this office hour will be different. Not that I don't enjoy being
> grilled for one hour :-) I've done IRC office hours several times
> before and I always enjoyed answering questions. The reason for this
> office hour to be different is that I want to _listen to you in the
> first place_. I would like to learn more about
> * _your_ thoughts about why evaluation might be important
> * _your_ experiences with making evaluation a part of program design
> * _your_ hopes and fears when it comes to increasingly evaluating
> programs and programmatic activities in the future
> * _your_ ideas and feedback on evaluation practices
> Ideally, we would have some people in the room tomorrow who have done
> some kind evaluation in the past or who are planning to embark on
> evaluation work in the near future. With that said – if you have no
> idea about what program evaluation is and you'd like to learn more
> about it, you're invited as well! Or maybe you're just curious to see
> if this "office hour inside out" is going to play out well ;-)
> I'm looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at 17:00 UTC,
> Frank
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LiAnna Davis
Wikipedia Education Program Communications Manager
Wikimedia Foundation
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