2016/Affiliate training sessions

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Program Design, Support, & Evaluation learning rotations

Learning rotations session will feature two tables for small group overviews and demonstrations of 10 different tools and resources

Schedule of Rotations

Time Table A: Program Support & Evaluation Resources Table B: Online Metrics & Collaborative Project Management Tools
3:30 Program Evaluation Magic Button
3:45 Logic Models Category Tools
4:00 SMART Targets Quarry
4:15 Grants Programs Education Toolkit
4:30 Outcome Mapping IdeaLab
4:45 Open Q&A Phabricator

Program Support & Evaluation Resources

Understanding the what and why of Program Evaluation

Session Abstract: Each year, volunteers and program leaders of the Wikimedia movement plan and execute a great diversity of program activities. But how do we know that our program activities are likely to achieve the results we hope to see?

Specific learning objectives:

  • Participants learn what a program and program evaluation are and why we do different types of evaluation
  • Participants learn where to find learning resources and tools for program planning and evaluation

Materials: Handout, Further reading

Making your Goals SMART

Session Abstract
SMART is a framework for creating targets (or "measures of success" as it's known in PEG, or "objectives" as it's known in APG) for programmatic work; it's a framework that the Wikimedia Foundation grant teams use to help grantees turn generic objectives / measures of success into focused statements, that specify the action and expected outcomes. This session will focus on clarifying terminology (such as What is an "output" vs. "outcome") and reviewing the SMART framework used by the Wikimedia Foundation grant teams.

Specific learning objective:

  • Participants understand SMART terminology and how to create SMART targets

Materials: Handout, Further reading

Clarifying your Theory of Change with Logic Models

Session Abstract
Logic Models are a very valuable tool for the planning of our program activities and for developing appropriate evaluation strategies. Based on the distinction between the ‘outputs’ and the ‘outcomes’ of our work, they can be used to carefully think through the links between what we are doing and what we want to change by this. In this rotation session we will shortly recap the concepts of outputs, outcomes and impact, practice to set up a simple logic model and discuss how this tool can be used and trained at the participant's’ home affiliations.

Specific learning objectives:

  • Participants learn of basic logic model terms like outputs, outcomes, impact.
  • Participants get first ideas how to train and use logic models in their planning and evaluation work

Materials: Handout, Further reading

Capturing Social Change Through Outcome Mapping

Session Abstract
In the Wikimedia world of programs, outcome mapping strategies can help us to gather data on the contributions that our programs make in terms of bringing about social change. From the changes in our partners to the changes in our readers and contributors around the world that help to build toward greater engagement in open and free knowledge. Outcome mapping can help to get beyond the more direct program outcomes to deeper environmental outcomes to measure a program’s contribution to complex change processes.

Specific learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn what outcome mapping is along with it's benefits and limitations.
  • Participants will learn of next steps for learning more about outcome mapping in their evaluation work.

Materials: Handout, Further reading

Grants Programs

Session Abstract
Each year the foundation's community resources team works to offer more than two hundred grants to individuals, groups, and organizations working toward the Wikimedia Mission. To do so, we rely on committees of Wikimedia volunteers who have helped to award over 9 million US dollars in grants. We invite you to learn more about our different types of grants for individuals as well as groups and organizations doing Wikimedia research, projects, or programs.

Specific learning objectives:

Online Metric and Collaborative Project Management Tools

Global Metrics Magic Button

Session Abstract
Participants will learn how to use the new Global Metrics magic button, that collects four global metrics using one report with four inputs.

Specific learning objective:

  • Participants learn how to use the "magic button"

Category Tools: What to use?

Session Abstract
Will provide a quick rundown of the existing category assessment tools, and help solve project specific requests about how to use these tools:

Specific learning objective:

  • Identify when and how to use different tools available for assessing content on the projects

Quarry: A tool that gets you further

Session Abstract
Participants will learn what you can learn with Quarry.

Specific learning objectives:

  • Participants will understand the variety of information available

Education Toolkit: A Collection of Resources

Session Abstract

Specific learning objective:

IdeaLab: A Space for Collaborative Project Development

Session Abstract
Starting a new project or proposal from scratch is no easy task. IdeaLab is space on Meta to draft your idea and get feedback on it before moving it to the next step of implementation. In this session, you’ll learn about how to use IdeaLab and be provided an overview of grants offered by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Specific learning objectives:

  • Understand how to start an idea and leave feedback in IdeaLab.
  • Learn about what funding opportunities the Wikimedia Foundation offers through its grant programs and their relation to IdeaLab.
  • Learn different avenues by which you can move your ideas into implementation, whether they require funding or not.

Phabricator: A Space for Collaborative Project Management

Session Abstract
How can people let developers know about the tech issues they're having and the features they'd like to suggest? How can you set priorities for complex projects for your team? Through Phabricator is the answer. Putting things in front of the people who can actually do something about them is easier than you think.
Specific learning objectives
  • Participants understand what Phabricator is and how to file a basic task or to find one.

Sign ups

  1. Rosiestep (talk) 19:15, 3 October 2016 (EDT)
  2. Frankcjones (talk) 12:51, 6 October 2016 (EDT)
  3. --Clifford Anderson (talk) 08:58, 7 October 2016 (EDT)
  4. --TonyTheTiger (talk) 10:55, 8 October 2016 (EDT)
  5. Paulscrawl (talk) 22:29, 8 October 2016 (EDT)
  6. L235 (talk) 23:02, 8 October 2016 (EDT)