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.
The Community Engagement teams
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.
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.
Resources offers grants and other capacity-building resources to support community-led impact. Resources they offer include:
Resources funds communities (individuals, groups and organizations) to build impactful programs, technologies, communities and organizations
Resources connects ideas with people and resources to foster community-driven innovation
Resources supports emerging communities to build key capacities that help grow their participation, content and reach
Resources supports the movement to connect and share at events around the world
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 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.
Quarterly review documentation
- April 2015
- July 2015
- October 2015
- January 2016
- April 2016
- June 2016
- October 2016
- January 2017 (Part 1)
- January 2017 (Part 2)