Community Engagement

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For an attempt at brainstorming how to help community members discover and take part in projects, or efforts to ensure community leadership of / participation in Wikimedia projects, see community engagement strategy.

Community Engagement is a Wikimedia Foundation staff department focused on the goal of increasing the quantity, quality, diversity, and reach of free knowledge by supporting people and organizations aligned with the Wikimedia Foundation mission. We support contributors by representing them in the development of new technical tools, by supporting community governance and innovations, by implementing trust & safety, by scaling strategic programs, and by making grants to individuals, groups and organizations working on building community and growing content on Wikimedia projects and sites as well as related open knowledge projects. We are committed to supporting under-represented contributors and emerging regions, languages, and communities.

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The Community Engagement teams[edit]

The Community Engagement Department is currently searching for a lead. In the interim, it is led by Maggie Dennis, Director of Support and Safety.

The department consists of four groups.

Learning and Evaluation[edit]

The Learning and Evaluation team (L&E) helps monitor the impact of the work being done across the movement, and guides other Community Engagement teams in executing effective grants through ongoing analysis, learning and evaluation support. The team is focused on sharing best practices and facilitating community knowledge sharing, listening to community voices for better decision making through community leader/editor surveys and fostering collaboration and support to and with Wikimedia Affiliates.

Community Resources[edit]

Main article: Community Resources

Resources offers grants and other capacity-building resources to support community-led impact. Resources they offer include:

Grants

Resources funds communities (individuals, groups and organizations) to build impactful programs, technologies, communities and organizations

IdeaLab Campaigns

Resources connects ideas with people and resources to foster community-driven innovation

Community capacity-building

Resources supports emerging communities to build key capacities that help grow their participation, content and reach

Conference Support

Resources supports the movement to connect and share at events around the world

Support, Safety and Programs[edit]

Support and Safety serves the Wikimedia Foundation, readers and contributors by providing support on Foundation initiatives with a focus on community consultations, governance, and training, and by addressing trust and safety concerns including around appropriately escalating threats communicated on our projects and helping to safeguard the safety of attendees of Wikimedia Foundation supported events.

Programs supports shared learning for growing core programs, especially Wikipedia Education Programs, The Wikipedia Library, and the initiatives of GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums).

Technical Collaboration[edit]

Main article: Technical Collaboration

Technical Collaboration helps developers to build features in collaboration with our communities. The team supports WMF Product teams, volunteer developers, tech ambassadors, and other contributors willing to get involved in the planning, development, and deployment of software features in Wikimedia. We act as liaisons between non-technical communities and developers, and we organize developer outreach programs and events.

The team is organized in two subteams based on primary audiences: Community Liaisons (editors) and Developer Relations (developers).

See also[edit]

Quarterly goals[edit]

Quarterly review documentation[edit]