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

Jessie Wild jwild at wikimedia.org
Wed Mar 27 16:30:02 UTC 2013

Hey all -

I have been really curious about this thread, and thanks to all of you for
the thoughts and participation. I am in full agreement that we need to have
better movement-wide shared lessons and accountability: I think this should
include most particularly all places receiving movement funding resources
(WMF, chapters, other grant recipients, etc.).

On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:14 AM, WereSpielChequers <
werespielchequers at gmail.com> wrote:

> If we truly want to learn from these two, I would suggest running an
> election on meta where editors can lobby for the next initiative. This is
> what I'd hoed that the Strategy wiki would foster, and it might have done
> if the Strategy debate had been on Meta rather than hidden on a separate
> wiki made more complex by liquid threads. Maybe the result would be Global
> watchlists, maybe it would be software changes to resolve more edit
> conflicts without losing edits (both currently languishing as low
>  priorities in Bugzilla). The important thing is that the resulting
> initiative would be likely to make a positive difference to the project and
> unlikely to share the fate of liquid threads, the IEP or the AFT.

I have been thinking about something like this too. Siko Bouterse - who is
leading the Individual Engagement Grants (IEG, not to be confused with
IEP!) set up a page a few months ago with the goal of idea generation for
projects within the broader community:
I see this as having a lot of potential for thinking critically and
communally about ideas before execution begins -- the challenge, of course,
will be maintaining the right balance of applying lessons-learned and
fostering innovation!

The other thing I am gearing to get up and running is a learning/evaluation
space on meta where these conversations can happen: case studies be posted,
learnings captured, tools for evaluation shared, projects prioritized, etc.
It would be great to have help on this front, so ping me personally if you
are interested, and/or keep an eye-out here for more information.

Any initial thoughts on how to maximize the effectiveness of those two
ideas (IdeaLab and Learning Portal)?

*Jessie Wild
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