Grants:APG/Proposals/2019-2020 round 1/Wikimedia CH/Impact report form
Purpose of the report
This form is for organizations receiving Annual Plan Grants to report on their results to date. For progress reports, the time period for this report will the first 6 months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current year). For impact reports, the time period for this report will be the full 12 months of this grant, including the period already reported on in the progress report (e.g. 1 January - 31 December of the current year). This form includes four sections, addressing global metrics, program stories, financial information, and compliance. Please contact APG/FDC staff if you have questions about this form, or concerns submitting it by the deadline. After submitting the form, organizations will also meet with APG staff to discuss their progress.
Global metrics overview - all programs
We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees' programs. Please use the table below to let us know how your programs contributed to the Global Metrics. We understand not all Global Metrics will be relevant for all programs, so feel free to put "0" where necessary. For each program include the following table and
- Next to each required metric, list the outcome achieved for all of your programs included in your proposal.
- Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome.
- In addition to the Global Metrics as measures of success for your programs, there is another table format in which you may report on any OTHER relevant measures of your programs success
For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.
|1. number of total participants||820 (1st half 2020) +
160 (GLAM) +
320 (Education) +
= 1,930 of 1,950
|This metric is aligned with the 2020 goal. It's slightly below cause the COVID lockdown where we cancelled several offline activities partially compensated by online activities. This impact has been registered mainly in education program.|
|2. number of newly registered users||210 (1st half 2020) +
20 (GLAM) +
15 (Education) +
= 275 of 225
|This metric is aligned with the 2020 goal.|
|3. number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects||26,000 (1st half 2020) +
6,000 (GLAM) +
180 (Education) +
= 47,180 of 36,000
|This metric is aligned with the 2020 goal.|
|4. Content reused by other Wikimedia projects||15,000 (1st half 2020) +
950 (GLAM) +
120 (Education) +
= 19,070 of 9,000
|This metric has been reached quickly and it supports our decision to focus on quality regarding the "number of content pages created or improved." Instead of proceeding with mass uploading, we are focusing more on impact in all Wikimedia projects, which means that the "Content reused by other Wikimedia projects" metric will have more value.|
|5. Number of people reached in Switzerland||700,000 (1st half 2020) +
150,000 (GLAM) +
200,000 (Education) +
= 1,550,000 of 1,450,000 - 1,550,000
|This metric is aligned with the 2020 goal.|
Telling your program stories - all programs
Like many organizations in 2020, Wikimedia CH had to adapt operations to the global health crisis. Despite the online nature of Wikimedia projects, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in Switzerland greatly impacted our face-to-face activities, as demonstrated in this report’s Metrics section. However, as our team already works virtually under “normal” circumstances — in such a multilingual country, we don’t have a physical office — Wikimedia CH was able to swiftly move into a totally virtual world, accompanying partners and stakeholders on their digitization and remote-working journeys and sometimes even providing consultation to them. Our chapter’s agile, adaptable and creative nature allowed us to turn many challenges into opportunities and learnings that we will take with us into 2021.
As mentioned, our team is used to working remotely and using technology to communicate, so we were able to continue operating as usual, despite programmatic disruptions. That said, the pandemic still posed challenges at the human level, as every member of our team was impacted emotionally by the stress of the pandemic. Illness, fear, caretaking for children and other family members — even with a virtual team, the crisis took a toll on our people and our work. Much time and effort were spent helping each other through this difficult time and accommodating changing personal needs.
Outside the pandemic, we continued to reduce administrative costs while also working toward greater financial sustainability and stability. To this end, we hired a Fundraising and Grant Manager, Darja Budanov, at 90% to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders while meeting the chapter’s financial and budgetary requirements. She has already developed a general fundraising and donor strategy for Wikimedia CH and is working on an annual institutional grants strategy and calendar for submitting proposals to funding institutions.
We also worked on our compensation and benefits scheme to attract and retain talent. Being a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in a competitive environment like Switzerland, it is always hard to counter the rapid turnover of staff. Last, we worked on obtaining the appropriate insurance plans for our chapter.
In terms of our organization, our focus in 2020 was on strategy, specifically making progress on Wikimedia CH’s new five-year strategic plan, which will align with the Wikimedia Movement’s 2030 Strategy. To develop our five-year strategy, we are working with expert consultants — one of which has been working on the Wikimedia Movement strategy. They are accompanying us as we implement the participatory Theory U framework, which leverages the techniques of presencing (mindfulness) and sensemaking (syncing information) through approaches like Social Presencing Theatre, the Cynefin framework, the Technology of Participation and Design Thinking. We have had regular online sessions and had hoped to have a three-day in-person workshop towards the end of the year; however, due to the pandemic, it had to be rescheduled for April 2021. We have interviewed diverse stakeholders, partners, donors, etc., and have involved the board and staff at every step. Using new and unconventional approaches to develop the five-year plan, we hope to create an end result that positions our organization as a leader in our space. We have been involved in global conversations around the Movement’s 2030 Strategy and are reviewing our vision and mission to harmonize it with the Movement’s vision and way forward.
The year 2020 also saw changes to our board. As a result of the pandemic, Wikimedia CH held its ordinary General Assembly online for the first time ever. During the assembly, Matthias Nepfer — head of innovation and information management with the Swiss National Library — was elected as a board member, and Muriel Staub became Wikimedia CH’s new president. With these changes, our chapter took an active role in guiding the board throughout the year, culminating with an Extraordinary General Assembly in December where we presented both our budget as well as our programs for 2021.
In 2021, Wikipedia celebrates its 20th birthday, coinciding with celebrations around 50 years of women’s suffrage in Switzerland. With activities around these two significant milestones starting in January 2021, we spent much of the second half of 2020 preparing various initiatives.
As mentioned, many programmatic activities were cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, while others were moved online. While not always easy, our team continuously adapted and adjusted, finding new and creative ways to keep our important work going throughout the crisis.
Program GLAM saw the cancellation of several key initiatives, including a GLAM on Tour event and a guided tour of the Biel Bauhaus. The Swiss International Museums Day was postponed; however, we still worked closely with other chapters and led online, cross-border activities around the event. The pandemic also pushed the #GLAMhack 2020 online, which posed a significant challenge: how to maintain enthusiasm and collaboration without face-to-face engagement. Working with event organizers and partners, we found creative solutions that not only led to a successful event but also set a record in terms of gender parity and international participation. Meanwhile, we delivered an integration project with the Montreux Jazz Festival Archives and supported the Wikipedian in Residence project for the first time in several years.
Program Education activities were quite limited because of the pandemic; however, the limitations provided the opportunity to focus on important building blocks for strategic activities. Among these was openedu.ch, an open education platform that provides teachers, trainers and students with a knowledge management system based on Wikimedia projects. We also worked on a communications plan for outreach about our educational initiatives. Meanwhile, certain in-person events were moved online, including the annual Wikipedia for Peace workshop, which was turned into two virtual camps. Our chapter was also very involved in organizing the Wiki Science Competition, including the international competition.
Like the other programs, Program Community saw some event cancellations but also delivered many successful activities by adapting to the situation and moving certain events to a virtual setting. In particular, the team made progress around knowledge equity as it relates to women and minorities through several initiatives, including the Women for Wikipedia edit-a-thon and activities through the Art + Feminism campaign and with Les sans pagEs. With the ongoing global backlash against anti-Black racism, our work with Noircir Wikipedia to increase articles about Black people and culture was especially important. We also moved forward on the WikiDroitsHumains project in collaboration with the French and Argentinian chapters as well as the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. Last but not least, even though the German-speaking and French-speaking WikiCons were cancelled, our chapter was very involved in organizing the first online itWikiCon, which was both a success and an opportunity for learning.
In terms of Partnerships & Outreach, we continued to foster and build upon important partnerships both in Switzerland and at the international level. Our work focused on supporting communications around COVID-19 tracking and pandemic readiness, as well as the SwissCovid App Facts initiative. We also focused on professionalizing our outreach activities with a new communications and outreach strategy to support our efforts as well as a new donor strategy to support fundraising. Meanwhile, despite the cancellations of the German- and French-speaking WikiCons, we continued to work closely with neighboring chapters on several initiatives and activities across all programs. Last, we began discussions with Swiss climate organizations, already laying the foundation for climate change as a potential new strategic impact direction.
We are continuing to change our organization to prepare it for the future, both with technology and with the ongoing professionalization of our outreach efforts. This includes putting into place systems and tools that will allow us to be more agile, efficient and automated so that our small team spends its time on value-added activities rather than administration. In particular, we are using online tools to support our activities, including SharePoint to facilitate collaboration and Salesforce for NGOs to streamline outreach, accounting and fundraising. We also launched an external newsletter for more than 16,000 subscribers and continuously refine our website. There are still many issues to solve, but we are already in a much better position than before, paving the way for more professional and strategic outreach and activities going forward. All these tools are helping us get closer to our stakeholders and position the chapter as an established leader and partner in free knowledge in Switzerland and beyond.
Strategic context for Wikimedia CH
A1.Background and context
Montreux Jazz Festival Archives
Wikipedian in Residence at the Iron Library
A3.Additional program activities
Program 1: Libraries and archives
Despite the pandemic, our team worked hard to execute the plan and saw many achievements in partnership with libraries and archives. What’s more, close collaboration between our GLAM and Education programs helped ensure more coherent initiatives throughout Switzerland.
The year 2020 saw the launch of the WikiProjekt Appenzellerland, which aims to complete the content of the Cantonal Library and State Archive about the canton of Appenzell and its personalities, families and more using their archival holdings and the Historical Lexicon of Switzerland. We partnered with the Cantonal Administration Appenzell Ausserrhoden, which marked the first time a cantonal administration implemented a Wiki-related project largely by themselves. The project includes completing Wikipedia articles, releasing valuable images under a CC BY-SA Creative Commons license on Wikimedia Commons and launching a transcription project on Wikisource.
We also strengthened relationships with existing partners through both new and ongoing projects. We continued our work with SBB Historic to add content and images to Wikimedia Commons and organized a virtual Wikipedia Studio to upload images of the main SBB workshops to Wikimedia Commons. Meanwhile, the Swiss National Library launched a project to archive Wikipedia articles related to Switzerland. In the context of the library’s Sharing exhibition, Debora Lopomo, GLAM Program & Partnership Manager, spoke in an Instagram Live event with Hannes Mangold about content sharing, the various Wikimedia projects and the long-standing cooperation between the Swiss National Library and Wikimedia CH.
Through our partnership with the ETH Library in Zurich, we implemented activities initiated during last year’s Wikipedia Action Day 2212. The aim was to enrich Wikipedia articles on 2,212 Swiss municipalities with aerial photos by the Swiss aerial pioneer Walter Mittelholzer and his successor Werner Friedli. Despite the lockdown and ETH Library employees working from home, the project finished in June with nearly 5,800 articles improved by 44 employees in four languages!
Last, as part of our long-standing relationship with the Vevey Library, we helped organize two workshops aimed at creating articles about Swiss women. The library organized the first event with contributions from the town archives and the Historical Museum of Vevey, which prepared sources for the participants. The second workshop took place online due to the pandemic. The events attracted 25 participants, many of them complete beginners, and created and improved several high-quality biographies.
Throughout the year, we strengthened the collaboration with Program Education to implement activities aimed at developing knowledge and skills among both GLAM employees and the GLAM community. We worked closely with Wikimedia France and the French and Swiss Associations of Archivists to organize a series of WikiArchives webinars to help GLAM professionals understand how Wikimedia projects and other tools could help them contribute to preserving and sharing cultural heritage. We also organized five virtual workshops through WikiNeocomensia, a project with the University of Neuchâtel and the Laténium Museum of Archeology whereby Wikipedians train future museum personnel to edit Wikipedia and share the results of their research, with the aim of improving the quality of articles and learning about scientific disclosure. The workshops included a Wikidata + OpenRefine event focusing on cleaning cultural data and importing it into Wikidata. Thanks to more robust outreach efforts, these workshops saw increased participation compared to past years. Last, as a result of a GLAM partner request and our focus on GLAM + Education, we organized a training session for archivists at the Cinémathèque Suisse to teach them to edit Wikipedia articles about cinema.
We also leveraged proven, replicable formats to continue the work of past years. For example, in-person edit-a-thons were held at various GLAMs throughout the year (when possible, given the situation). We also once again supported International Archives Week to complete and improve the presence of archives on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
Program 2: Museums and galleries
The pandemic especially impacted our work with museums and galleries. While we delivered on the vast majority of our plan, two initiatives — the GLAM on Tour event in collaboration with the Neues Museum Biel and a guided visit of the Bauhaus in Biel — were unable to take place.
That said, the year’s uncertainty also created opportunities, as seen in IMD2020. For the first time ever, we collaborated with all of Switzerland’s neighboring chapters to help bring museum content online. As the project initiator and lead chapter, we led 2020’s activities, which included an online awareness campaign in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Italy; an expanded geographic map visualizing the museum landscape in those same countries; and a Wikidata Contest to improve data about museums in the participating countries. The results speak for themselves: 278 participants created 715 items and edited nearly 20,000 others. During the two-week-long contest, the number of edits reached 175,000, representing 28.6 million bytes! Also, for the first time ever, we worked closely with ICOM at the national level — a first for any chapter. For more details about IMD2020, see our 2020 Progress Report.
We also organized workshops in partnership with the Museum of Communications in Bern, as well as the Museum of Underground Mills. Our collaboration with the latter will continue in 2021 with workshops led by Flor Méchain, Wikimedia CH Community Manager.
With the aim of protecting cultural heritage, we supported the Transnational Conference of Open Data and Open Maps for Heritage Protection in Bellinzona, Ticino. The event provided an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of digitalizing cultural content to protect it from the effects of natural disasters, especially those linked to climate change. Climate change was also the focus of a call to action we signed urging the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to set a global standard to protect GLAM sites and other cultural heritage institutions from the devastating effects of natural disasters.
Last, we were contacted by SIKART, a Swiss dictionary for art, which was seeking support in creating templates to use their dictionary as a reference on Wikipedia. They were already using a German template, so we helped create models in French, English and Italian. This project exemplifies how we can support GLAM organizations by leveraging synergies.
Program 3: National and international GLAM outreach
Despite the pandemic situation, we engaged in several outreach initiatives in both the national and international GLAM communities.
We are committed to strengthening cross-border collaboration with neighboring chapters and fostering common projects. To that end, we participated in two meetings with the GLAM DACH Network, one regarding the Kulturbotschafter (cultural ambassador) program and one with GLAM representatives of the Swiss, German and Austrian chapters to discuss and share ways of working, especially during the pandemic. We are also exploring the WikiLibrary Manifest, a program run by the German chapter, to connect libraries and Wikimedia with Swiss GLAM partners. We have several questions about how the manifest will operate and are waiting for a more concrete concept. Nevertheless, the Central Library in Zurich has already signed the WikiLibrary Manifest.
As a result of successful projects around audio and audiovisual content with the Swiss National Sound Archives, the MJF Archives and the CC0-Project, Wikimedia CH was invited to participate in a working group organized by the largest media house in Switzerland, SRG SSR, to discuss the opening of their audio and audiovisual archives.
We also brought our experience around GLAM in the time of COVID-19 to the first-ever Cultural Innovation Open Lab, hosted by the University of Lausanne and the EPFL. The new interdisciplinary project aims to develop digital tools and practices to help museums, music festivals and theaters continue to operate — and even thrive — in an age of social distancing. These initiatives are not only an avenue for us to learn and provide guidance but also a great opportunity to position Wikimedia CH as an important partner among key contacts at GLAM institutions throughout Switzerland.
Another opportunity for networking and knowledge-sharing was Wikimedia CH’s participation at Cultura Suisse, a trade show for museums, monument preservation and cultural heritage in Bern. We also participated in the Creative Commons Global Summit and the Rethinking Culture and Science event organized by the German National Library.
Finally, we were happy to welcome new members to the GLAM Wiki Network: the Cantonal Administration Appenzell Ausserrhoden, the Swiss Archives of Performing Arts and the Association of Swiss Archivists.
Program 4: Digital competence & technology
Due to the pandemic, the 6th edition of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon was held virtually, presenting a unique challenge on how to maintain the engagement and collaboration necessary for a hackathon. Hosted by the Swiss Institute for Information Science at the University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with the Institute for Multimedia Production, the event was live-streamed, and organizers led the event on-camera from a stage from Chur.
While organizing a virtual event had its challenges, it also created opportunities. Sixty-eight participants (nearly half of them women) from 18 countries joined and shared — a new record for the hackathon both in terms of gender parity and international participation. Along with virtual break rooms, cocktail hours and other ways to interact online, this diversity led to a successful event despite the circumstances. With 15 diverse projects, a successful pre-event in Bern and a rich side program open to anyone, the event garnered incredibly positive feedback and results despite its online format.
The year 2020 also marked the fifth anniversary of the event. To celebrate this milestone, around 40 participants gathered for a day of inspiration, exchange and brainstorming at the Swiss National Library. Participants looked back at past #GLAMhack editions with a retrospective while also looking forward with a workshop on “Linked Open Data Ecosystem for Heritage Data” and a brainstorming session for #GLAMhack.
In terms of digital tools, the first half of the year saw the release of the WMCH Map Service, while the GLAM Statistical Tool was delivered in two rounds, the second of which included the first prototype of a statistical dashboard. The final version of the GLAM Statistical Tool significantly improves its usability with a new dashboard and functionalities like search features for media files, a statistical drill-down by image category, category-related statistics and analyses of unused media on a statistical level. It is also a practical instrument for planning future work. The GLAM Statistical Tool now has an algorithm that suggests unused media files to be added to selected Wikipedia articles, with direct links to the suggested articles. For now, the project is complete — we will only handle small change requests from GLAM partners if necessary. Wikimedia Israel is implementing the tool for Israeli GLAM institutions and will translate the tool into Hebrew. We have also started discussions with Wikimedia Sweden and the Wikimedia Foundation for a more global approach to share our achievements. For a global rollout, in 2021 Wikimedia CH will work on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that needs to be signed by every chapter to adopt the GLAM Statistical Tool “Cassandra,” developed by WMCH.
An optimized and newly designed version of the WMCH Map Service was released for IMD2020. Due to the WMCH Map Service’s popularity, we needed to increase performance to process a high amount of data while maintaining responsiveness. Together with our partner Synapta, we implemented a new library, which is compatible with the tool’s functionalities and design and delivers the required response time for launching larger projects like IMD2020. With this release, we also implemented a historical database and a feature to explore how the map and content change over time. This new Browse History functionality allows us to measure the impact of campaigns — for example, the IMD2020 Wikidata Contest.
A4.Progress toward the plan
A5.Lessons for our future work
Learning and sharing
Consolidate activities to focus on quality, not quantity – The GLAM program is successfully growing every year; however, program resources, including staff, remain the same. Therefore, it will be crucial to consolidate projects and reduce the workload by pursuing fewer activities and focusing on those that make the biggest impact. This will probably not be achievable in 2021 but will hopefully happen by 2022.
Improve cross-border collaboration – In 2020, we learned that while collaboration with other chapters is important, every chapter needs to engage equally. In the case of IMD2020, it took significant time and energy to bring the five chapters together and get them on the same page. While the other chapters were interested in participating, there was minimal response and input, which made the work much more difficult. Going forward, we will need to evaluate how to work together on cross-border projects to avoid a similar situation in the future.
Be adaptable and creative – The pandemic created a significant challenge to our planned programs. Instead of just cancelling or postponing everything, we got creative to explore how to take in-person events online without losing the spirit or impeding participants’ exchanges. While not every event could be held virtually, we learned that with a little creativity, some events were not only possible online but could actually reach more people. Going forward, we should remember these experiences and integrate more online activities in future projects.
Encourage partners to promote and prepare events in advance – Participation at events is greatly improved if the GLAM partner promotes the event through its own channels. In the case of the two workshops with the Vevey Library, the first event was advertised by the library for a few months and had nearly three times the number of participants as the second, which was not promoted as much. Furthermore, advance preparation allows GLAM partners to prepare solid sources, making the workshops more productive and easier to run.
Looking forward to 2021, we will keep our strategic course focusing on continuity and diversity while collaborating, expanding and sharing our knowledge.
Our program in 2021 is incredibly vast (see Annual Plan 2021). With the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Switzerland falling on the same year that Wikipedia celebrates 20 years of existence, our GLAM program will be very busy. In this historical year, we have decided to celebrate 50 years of women’s voting rights in Switzerland by launching a dedicated program focusing on this important event. The aim of the program activities, which will rely heavily on community involvement in Switzerland and across borders, is to close the gaps in Wikimedia projects concerning women’s biographies and women’s political advancements in the last century.
In addition to this full roster of events, we will continue to diversify our program by supporting two interesting new projects. Sum of All Swiss GLAMs aims to improve the information about heritage institutions on Wikidata and to promote the use of this information on Wikipedia and in other projects. Meanwhile, the Fish Fossil Collection Data Transfer aims to use data about fossils uploaded on Commons by the Natural History Museum of Neuchâtel to create the corresponding entities on Wikidata.
In terms of continuity, we will continue to support IMD2021 and International Archives Week 2021. Our strategic objective is to go global with both initiatives and expand our activities every year. Due to the packed GLAM program in 2021, we anticipate being able to scale the project starting in 2022/23. We’ll also support the 2021 #GLAMhack, which will take place at ETH Library in Zurich and will continue to grow our GLAM Partner Network, which now reaches throughout Switzerland. Last, if the situation in the coming year allows for a physical event, we will organize the two GLAM on Tour events we had to cancel in 2020.
B1.Background and context
Wiki Science Competition
B3.Additional program activities
Program 1: Schools (primary and lower secondary levels)
The activities planned in this program were the following:
- Laboratories and Wikicamps
In 2020, we started the new season of #theLab, a series of laboratories in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. Unfortunately, we had to stop them at the end of February due to the pandemic.
We also finished the openedu.ch project, which is described in the previous section on Education's highlight activities.
What is more, we looked at ways to support schools and students during the pandemic. We began discussions around more formal collaboration with some projects adapted for education to offer teachers tools and educational solutions.
We have been working on strengthening partnerships in this area. For example, we looked at how to better support Dicoado, a dictionary for and written by students that is present in Switzerland’s French linguistic area and has been developed by a teacher. Similarly, we strengthened our longtime partnership with Wikimini, an online encyclopedia for and by kids that receives around 200,000 pageviews per month. In December, we helped migrate it to a new server in a more reliable data center. We also began planning improvements to the platform as it expands to other languages.
Moreover, we have started a collaboration with Chinderzytig, an association of teachers that publishes a newspaper for young people. We are also discussing a potential collaboration with Klexikon, a Wikipedia for young people and a very widespread project in the German linguistic area.
Last, we supported a project to simplify the Italian Wikipedia with the aim of making it more accessible to students by following the Txikipedia model in the Basque community.
These projects align with the goal of changing the school program in Switzerland, where digital skills have been introduced in schools starting at the primary level and where Wikimedia projects can play an important role.
Program 2: Universities & high schools
The universities and high schools program proposed to focus on the following:
- Hackathons and Wikicamps
- Open Science
While our planned hackathons with some major universities like EPFL were pushed back to 2021, we were able to organize an important edit-a-thon with ETH Zurich and 500 Women Scientists in celebration of International Women’s Day. The objective of the event was to increase the representation of women on Wikipedia. Despite reduced participant numbers due to the pandemic, the group made significant contributions to Wikipedia and contacted the women scientists about whom biographies were written during the event.
Additionally, the WikiNeocomensia project continued throughout 2020 with 18 students who were studying the humanities at the University of Neuchâtel. In a remarkable display of productivity and high-quality content, the students created 94 articles, improved 283 and added 1,100 references. See the libraries and archives information in the GLAM section of this report for more details.
As part of the WikiNeocomensia project, Adrien Wyssbrod, PhD, University of Cambridge, and Amandine Cabrio, PhD student, University of Neuchâtel, gave a class to doctoral students to teach them why and how to share their research on Wikipedia. The class took place at the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO) and had eight participants.
We also began collaborating with Franklin University, one of the oldest American institutions of higher education in Europe and the first to be established in Switzerland. Together, we organized a webinar about fake news, which included a presentation by Leila Zia, Principal Research Scientist and Head of Research at Wikimedia Foundation. Later in the year, we were invited to present during a webinar entitled “What makes information ‘reliable,’ and what does it mean for you? A conversation with the Wikimedia Team.”
For Open Science, we helped organize the 2020 Wiki Science Competition (see the previous highlighted activities) and hosted an awards ceremony for the 2019 Swiss winners of the competition. We also had a significant collaboration with Science et Cité concerning the project “Dr. Edith Wicki,” which focuses on outreach in universities’ scientific departments. The goal of the collaboration was to inform universities about the potential to publish scientific content on Wikipedia.
Program 3: Lifelong learning
The lifelong learning program proposed to focus on the following:
- Training Days
- A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Lifelong learning was considered to be one of the pillars of our 2020 plan, but due to the pandemic, we postponed much of it to 2021. Instead, we focused on the openedu.ch initiative, following the demand for the digitalization of schools, as generated by the pandemic. We spent the year planning and preparing the lifelong-learning platform for 2021, as well as building partnerships.
We did, however, successfully complete a few activities, which were all online. One of these encompassed the virtual Wikicamps we organized this year in collaboration with Service Civil International (SCI). This year included two virtual camps: the annual Wikipedia for Peace Camp and a special camp celebrating SCI’s 100th anniversary. The first, Wikipedia for Peace Online: No More War, was a huge success in terms of representation and diversity, with more than half of the 15 participants comprising women or students and with two Wikipedians from Wikimedia Armenia. The event resulted in 44 articles in Hungarian, Russian, Serbian, French, Italian, Czech and German. The theme of the second virtual camp was “Writing about SCI History.” During this camp, 11 participants created or added to 56 articles.
The virtual Wikicamps served as a model that helped us build a format we have started proposing to larger institutions and partners to train on Wikimedia projects while encouraging team building. For example, we have proposed this format to the International Federation of the Red Cross.
For the MOOC, we made progress around creating a framework, while the agreements for a MOOC led us to the first meetings with SwissMOOC for a possible collaboration.
Program 4: Reorganization & diversity
The pandemic was an opportunity to reconsider Program Education’s organization, including ways to improve communication and distribute responsibilities better.
The creation of the first Swiss-wide project (openedu.ch) in a country where education is managed by canton and decentralized helped us learn how to approach schools and institutions and consider how to better organize the program to be more efficient.
We also improved our communication materials, updated our strategy and extended the team to include experts and teachers. We have also considered continuing in that direction by creating a scientific committee that can help improve the program.
B4.Progress toward the plan
B5.Lessons for our future work
Learning and sharing
During the educational reorganization, we reflected a lot on the current state and future path of education in the program. Here are some of this year’s lessons so far:
Communicate better – We realized that extraordinary things are happening in the Wikimedia world, but they are not transmitted effectively. Many teachers, for example, do not know our projects or how to best use them at school. As a result, university students and professionals are unaware of the many possibilities offered by acquiring knowledge through Wikimedia projects. Our goal, therefore, has been to improve this communication.
Ensure that bottom-up organization is part of a global strategy – In the past, Program Education activities were proposed and started via a predominantly bottom-up approach. Volunteers, partners and community members proposed a project that met a specific need, but it was not necessarily tied to a predetermined strategic goal. This led to disjointed projects. We are thrilled to have defined a programmatic strategy in 2019 in line with the recommendations of the Wikimedia Global Movement. We have already started to give more coherence to the program by stopping the activities that do not fit the strategy and by improving and adding to the activities that do.
Differentiate Education from GLAM and Community – Our chapter’s GLAM and Community programs are more established than Program Education. While there will always be an overlap between the three, it is important to articulate a distinct vision and purpose. The new strategy allows us to explain why the Education program differs and, in fact, should differ. As we built and launched the strategy in 2019, we found that the hardest job was creating an understanding around our new strategy and goals. But we must be persistent in “defining our why.” Program Education has a new strategy. It stands apart from GLAM and Community, and Wikimedia brings value to Swiss education. The strategy has already produced many advantages in this regard, allowing us to speak credibly with the main players in the field of education, including teachers, schools, universities and training centers.
As a result of significant demand for support and funding, Program Education will expand in 2021.
Looking ahead, our focus will be to help schools make use of Wikimedia projects in their classes, particularly through openedu.ch. We will also work to help universities improve curricula by offering successful models and case studies and by proposing Wikimedia projects showcasing a modern and innovative solution for scientific research. We will especially focus on the “skills for life model” and how Wikimedia projects can help students acquire the necessary skills for the workplaces of the future. We will also organize edit-a-thons on key topics, such as 50 years of voting rights for women in Switzerland.
Lifelong learning will also be key in 2021. For example, we would like to offer training solutions on some tools — such as Wikidata — to professionals and teachers, with the ultimate objective of creating a certification program.
For reorganization, the focus will lie on strong and reliable partnerships and the creation of a scientific committee to support our work — an important step to increase quality.
Last, we’ll support schools and teachers with existing digital tools and solutions. We’ve already received proposals that support this initiative.
C1.Background and context
Community management during the pandemic
C3.Additional program activities
Program 1: Community health
Community health focuses on supporting long-standing chapter members.
Two of the ways we support our community is by financing their projects with grants and promoting them through our network. Wikimedia CH Grants fund Wikimedia community members — individuals, groups or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia or Commons — to organize projects or activities throughout the year with a budget from CHF 1,001. To make it easier for Wikipedians to request financial support, we reviewed and formalized our grant process in 2020. Our Wikimedia CH team worked together to adapt best practices from around the Movement to the Swiss context to create a clear, streamlined grant process, which was then approved by the board.
Another way we promote community health is by providing ways for Wikipedians to spend time together and build comradery as a community. While many of these events were cancelled or moved online, we still managed to have a few in-person activities. As in past years, we hosted New Year’s events and summer Wiknics across the country to give community members — who often only know each other online — valuable time for face-to-face networking. We also supported the Insubria group, which brings together members from the cross-border areas of Italy and Switzerland and which organized two editing events for the In the Steps of Carlo Amoretti project, mixing activities on Wikidata, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage and OpenStreetMap. Last, we organized a visit to an exhibit at the Nidwalden Museum for our German-speaking community members.
Program 2: Community building
Community building refers to activities that make newly acquired community members feel welcome.
To improve gender equity in both our community and our content, we supported several initiatives that encourage women to contribute to Wikipedia. The Women for Wikipedia edit-a-thon series, a collaboration with Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and Ringier AG, brings together female journalists to write biographies of notable women that are missing on Wikipedia. We supported two online edit-a-thons that were highly successful despite a new format and resulted in nearly 160 new articles.
Similarly, the Wikipedia workshop “Who writes his_tory” was held in June in cooperation with the Solothurn Film Festival as part of the Art+Feminism campaign. The editing workshop focused on women in cinema and invited both newcomers and longtime Wikipedians to write articles about female directors and other women in film. The event attracted 11 authors, who created four new articles and edited seven, many of them in French (see all results here). What’s more, the collaboration with the film festival helped pave the way toward a new relationship with the fine arts institution.
We also continued our long-standing support of Les sans pagEs, which aims to increase the representation of women on Wikipedia, including a weekend of editing and organizing in August. The event attracted nine participants (seven in-person and two online) and resulted in the creation of a toolkit for organizers and seven Wikipedia articles. In addition, the group, along with Noircir Wikipedia, was featured on the inclusive news outlet AJ+ Francais in a video showcasing their work and its importance to the wider feminism movement.
With the international outcry over systemic racism against the Black community throughout the year, our support of Noircir Wikipedia was especially important. The project joined the campaign #visiblewikiwomenofcolors to increase the visibility of women of color on Wikipedia and created a new Wikidata page to gauge content gaps relevant to their project. The year 2020 saw 12 workshops for approximately 25 participants: nine on Wikipedia, two on Wikidata and one on Commons. One of the online workshops was held in collaboration with a museum in France, Magasin des Horizons, while another partnered with the Musée d’Ethnographie in Geneva. Both allowed participants to join from both Switzerland and France but also from Benin, Guadeloupe, French Guinea and Haïti. Beginning in November, the group held weekly meetings to monitor project progress (rate and improve articles linked to the project).
Program 3: Community recruitment
Recruitment is closely aligned with community building. Engaging new volunteers (community building) can inspire them to become long-term members and invite their friends (community recruitment). We therefore focus on building ongoing series of events around themes that spark their interests.
For example, Castles Dossier is a collaboration with OpenStreetMap to improve the representation of Swiss castles and palaces on Wikipedia by supplementing the Wiki content with geographic information from OpenStreetMap while populating OpenStreetMap with Wikimedia information (data, articles and photos.) As part of the project, 25 Swiss castles opened their gates and drawbridges to the public on the 4th of October to celebrate the 5th National Castles Day. The celebration included a photo challenge to participants to upload photos of the castles missing from the map or in Wikimedia Commons. Afterward, we opened up a four-language writing contest to create articles in the Swiss castles and palaces categories. The contest offered monetary prizes for the top contributors and included a weekly, one-hour video conference to exchange ideas. As a result of the competition, 14 participants created 136 new articles and expanded 35 articles. Meanwhile, all castles of the canton of Aargau are now on Wikipedia.
Other projects to engage new community members around specific topics included WikiProject Switzerland to improve Wikipedia’s articles related to the country and the European Water Project, a collaboration with OpenStreetMap to map water fountains throughout Switzerland and Europe. We also led workshops at Gymnasium Muttenz, where students in the self-led study program wrote scientific articles for Wikipedia. During the program, 23 students chose a topic of interest and wrote an article about it in the workshops and in their own time.
For 2020, we organized Wiki Loves Switzerland, the 10th Wiki Loves contest we’ve supported. After nine editions of Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth, we decided to broaden the contest’s horizons beyond heritage and natural sites, with the aim of exploring and documenting the spirit of the Swiss confederation. Participants could choose to take pictures depicting the Swiss “soul” and upload them to Wikimedia Commons, or they could translate or modify articles about Swiss castles. The contest resulted in more than 2,750 new photos on Commons.
Another way we hope to recruit new members is through the Wikipedia Studios series, which invites new and experienced Wikipedians to learn about editing Wikipedia and work on articles about specific topics. Pairing an introductory session with an edit-a-thon allows newcomers to put what they learned directly into practice. In addition to virtual workshops, in 2020, we supported in-person workshops in collaboration with the Bildwechsel in Basel, the Winterthur Library, doku-zug.ch (which garnered regional media attention, including an article in the Luzerner Zeitung), the Communication Museum in Bern and SBB Historic in Olten.
Program 4: International collaboration
As a linguistically diverse country with a large international population, Switzerland is uniquely placed to collaborate with other countries. For this reason, we routinely work with the chapters of border countries on joint initiatives and cross-promote events together.
Sometimes this collaboration goes even further than border countries, as in the case of the project WikiDroitsHumains, which seeks to use Wikimedia projects to help Wikipedia users understand and champion human rights. The project involves Wikimedia Argentina, Wikimedia France, the Wikimedia Foundation and the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR). WikiDroitsHumains started as a collaboration between Wikimedia CH and Tonpseudo, a volunteer Wikipedian based in France, to replicate Wikimedia Argentina’s WikiDerechosHumanos efforts. It also aligns with #WikiforHumanRights, the Foundation’s partnership with OHCHR to improve content about human rights issues on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. To learn more about the project, watch Community Manager Flor Méchain’s video interview with Wikimedia Argentina.
The project pairs Wikipedians with human rights activists to bring fresh knowledge on relevant topics. It launched in 2020 with a meeting at the United Nations Office in Geneva that brought together nongovernmental and civil service organizations, experts from OHCHR and members of the Wikimedia community. The project also included a series of workshops to train human rights activists and improve articles on Wikipedia. Our focus was on intersex rights in France and Switzerland in collaboration with the French Collectif Intersexes et Allié.e.s and the Swiss InterAction Suisse, two associations for intersex rights. During the workshops, participants improved 23 articles (for example, by removing insulting terms and adding keywords and links to intersex information in articles about physical integrity and relevant rights) and created two new medical and biographical articles that treat the topic in a more respectful manner.
Another way we’re collaborating with other chapters is through the Volunteer Supporters Network. Since 2014, the network has aimed to improve volunteer and community support in the Wikimedia Movement by developing, growing and maintaining collaboration and by exchanging expertise, ideas and resources. To do so, we continuously work with other chapters on international meetings and conferences and collaborate on resources to support volunteers. We meet at least once a month and are currently discussing the impact of the new 2030 Strategy on our activities.
In normal years, we support WikiCons for the German-, French- and Italian-speaking communities (see the description of itWikiCon2020 in Program Community’s highlight activities). Due to COVID-19, the German and French chapters had to make the difficult decision to cancel their respective WikiCons for 2020.
C4.Progress toward the plan
C5.Lessons for our future work
Learning and sharing
A few key events — itWikiCon, WikiDroitsHumains and Women for Wikipedia — presented a few issues to consider for future initiatives.
Be open to new ideas to encourage engagement – During the organization of itWikiCon, the conference improved dramatically when the answer to a new idea was “Yes, let’s do it!” or “Yes, but let’s fix this problem before working on it!” We saw that things progressed better when we focused on overcoming the problem rather than shooting down constructive ideas out of fear, prejudice or ego around other people’s work. Nobody likes hearing “no.” If an idea comes from a volunteer, and if that idea is in line with the project, it deserves a “yes” by default. After the yes, then we can discuss its strengths and weaknesses, but without a preventive “no.”
Understand and adjust for the sensitivity of political topics – During the first hands-on WikiDroitsHumains workshop, some participants mentioned being afraid to add #WikiDroitsHumains to their edit summary due to the political nature of such a statement. The hashtag was meant to keep track of metrics. Therefore, omitting it in summaries resulted in a very lengthy process of tracking the activity of these regularly active Wikipedians, for whom an outreach dashboard would have reported all sorts of activity from the workshop and beyond. To remedy this issue, we are working with Wikimedia France to explore how to prevent harassment for Wikipedians participating in this series of human rights workshops.
Anticipate and mitigate non-neutral editing – A challenge that was raised during the WikiDroitsHumains project concerns how to cooperate with passionate (i.e., non-neutral) people, such as activists, while maintaining the neutrality necessary for Wikipedia contributions. We are discussing a methodology for such work to provide the relevant knowledge needed so that activists can provide support without creating conflicts within the established Wikipedian community.
Looking ahead to 2021, we will continue our work on gender, handicap and racial diversity. These events fulfill all four of our main directions of action and relate to knowledge equity, a core pillar of the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy.
We also aim to start motivating volunteers by offering medals for long-term contributors at a WikiSwiss Awards Ceremony. As such, it will become increasingly important to use various tools to monitor volunteer activities.
Besides our ongoing projects, we will begin organizing events around climate change and with new partners, such as the Red Cross. Such activities will support the goals of knowledge as a service and knowledge equity for Wikipedia readers and contributors.
Last but certainly not least, we will focus much of 2021 on celebrating Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary with various events throughout the country and the world. We have already begun planning various initiatives and will continue this work in 2021.
Partnerships & Outreach
D1.Background and context
SwissCovid App Facts and the Alliance Digitale
Professionalizing our outreach, communications and fundraising approach
D3.Additional program activities
Program 1: International outreach
Despite the cancellation of 2020’s German-speaking and French-speaking WikiCons, we continued our collaboration with neighboring chapters to implement our programmatic activities. As mentioned in the other program sections, we supported or led several international initiatives, including itWikiCon and IMD2020. We also worked closely with other chapters on work concerning the 2030 Strategy as well as the organization of various strategy groups.
We continued to be one of the driving actors for WikiFranca, the partnership between francophone Wikimedia chapters and affiliated working groups. While we had supported the initiative financially in the past, all partners agreed that it would be more effective to establish a more formal association to better support French-speaking countries. We have the opportunity to take on an even greater role, as the association might likely be based in Switzerland with an antenna in Côte d’Ivoire. As discussions continue and plans for the future of the partnership solidify, we will see our involvement expand.
Finally and as mentioned in the GLAM section, we signed a call to action urging WIPO to set a global standard to protect cultural heritage institutions from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. Considering the pandemic and its devastating impact on GLAM institutions, an international response is critical.
Program 2: National outreach
Our national outreach activities aim to make an impact on Swiss policies that affect open and free knowledge.
In 2020, we continued our work with Parldigi, the Swiss Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability. We have supported the group as a sponsor and member for several years, providing insights and consultation on digital issues. Our work with Parldigi in 2020 focused on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Switzerland, which exposed many vulnerabilities and holes in Switzerland’s digital transformation. To advance changes in that area, we contributed to developing a call-to-action letter, which identifies areas to be addressed and suggests necessary measures to take. Included in the call to action is the need for digital tools to both mitigate the current pandemic and help prevent new outbreaks. As such, we supported Parldigi on their statement endorsing a COVID-19 tracing app that was chosen by the Federal Office of Public Health, as well as the virtual open hearing about the app, by sharing Parldigi’s position through our communications channels.
We also supported DINAcon, a conference on digital sustainability that is usually held in Bern but ended up being a virtual event in 2020. Muriel Staub, the president of our chapter, and Diego Hättenschwiler, a longtime Wikipedian, hosted a workshop entitled “Wikipedia: Global knowledge also in the global south?” We also supported the event by encouraging community members to attend and contribute.
Last, we attended an event organized by Swiss Ladies Drive, the largest organizer of events for entrepreneurs, networkers and career women in Switzerland. We’re exploring similar events for women in digital and tech, where there might be opportunities to join a speakers’ panel or be a keynote speaker. For example, we’d planned to support an event with Women 4 Digital and ATED ICT Ticino, an organization we regularly sponsor that provides expertise to organize, promote and manage events in the information and communication technologies sector. The event, called Donne che Ispirano le Donne (Women Who Inspire Women), was to take place in Lugano for 100-120 people and included our executive director, Jenny Ebermann, as a keynote speaker. It aimed to introduce women of all ages to professions in STEM disciplines, including the many job opportunities available in this time of digital transformation. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled due to the pandemic and has not yet been rescheduled.
Program 3: Collaboration with like-minded associations
Building partnerships with like-minded organizations allows Wikimedia CH to make a greater impact by amplifying our message to new, sympathetic audiences. As such, we aim to collaborate with other advocates of free knowledge in Switzerland. In 2020, we saw an increased demand for support from our partners, which shows both the need for collaboration and the fact that we are building our reputation as a key player in this space.
Meanwhile, we increasingly see climate change as an area where Wikimedia can help make a difference. In Switzerland and abroad, organizations focusing on the environment abound but often struggle to share their important messages. We have therefore started initial discussions with Swiss-based environmental organizations to see how we might use Wikimedia projects to support their missions. For example, we are exploring a collaboration with the European Forum on Urban Forestry on how to use digital tools like OpenStreetMap to protect and encourage investment in urban green spaces. The project would include mapping urban forests on OpenStreetMap and using our communications channels for an awareness campaign.
We also continued our support of Kiwix, an offline reader for online content like Wikipedia. The year 2020 was big for the project: the Android app hit one million installs, Kiwix was named a Falling Walls winner in the Digital Education category for “breaking the wall of connectivity,” and the source code is now included in the GitHub Arctic Code Vault. The project also released an updated version of Wikipedia in English.
D4.Progress toward the plan
D5.Lessons for our future work
Learning and sharing
Question the status quo – In the past, Wikimedia CH sent out an irregular newsletter to approximately 300 community members. The process was inefficient, yielding content that the readers already knew, an unclear workflow, undefined responsibilities, text that was too long and uninviting, and a time-consuming drafting process that the team disliked. Rather than continue with business as usual, we completely revolutionized our newsletter approach. The result has been increased readership and open rates, positive feedback from audiences and a manageable process for the team. We learned that we should never be married to activities (administrative, programmatic or other) just because that is what has always been done. We should instead continuously question our activities and look for opportunities to innovate.
Leverage the team’s collective experience – Another learning from the newsletter refresh was to draw on the team’s experience and ideas to create more efficient processes and effective deliverables. As we worked to identify a new path for the newsletter, we held a team workshop where we discussed key challenges and brainstormed solutions. Several team members have worked with Wikimedia CH for years, so they had a wealth of knowledge to help streamline the process. By including them when developing the solution, they felt more accountable for its success and more motivated to contribute.
The year 2021 will be a big one for Wikimedia CH, both at the chapter level and in the wider Wikiverse. With the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Switzerland falling on the same year as Wikipedia’s 20th birthday, we will have many outreach opportunities. What’s more, we will continue our work on both the chapter’s five-year strategy and our contributions to the Movement’s 2030 Strategy. In 2021, we have several planning events already scheduled for both.
In terms of our communications strategy, we will develop a content calendar for social media outreach and will continue to refine our website. For fundraising, we will draw on feedback from donors and lessons learned during 2020’s fundraising campaigns to continue to improve our approach going forward. We are also refining our outreach messaging as an organization — work that will continue into next year.
Last, we will continue discussions with like-minded organizations, both with those with whom we have existing relationships and with potential new partners. A particular focus will be around climate change and the crossroads of environmental and digital issues. Regardless of the topic of focus, these partnerships allow us to combine our goals with those of other organizations, helping maximize our reach and impact.
Revenues received during this period (6 month for progress report, 12 months for impact report)
Please use the exchange rate in your APG proposal.
|Revenue source||Currency||Anticipated||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Cumulative||Anticipated ($US)*||Cumulative ($US)*||Explanation of variances from plan|
|Membership fees||CHF||15'000,00||10'899,72||4'167,99||550,00||75,00||15'692,71||15'577,50||16'296,88||Thanks to sending out early reminders we were able to collect more fees than originally anticipated.|
|APG (Annual Plan Grant)||CHF||150'000,00||87'500,00||0,00||62'500,00||0,00||150'000,00||155'775,00||155'775,00|
|WMF Fundraising Costs||CHF||130'000,00||4'885,37||724,14||429,27||134'358,63||140'397,41||135'005,00||145'802,71||The final amount always varies slightly compared to the original planned amount, as it depends upon the real amount of money raised for the WMF at the end of the year.|
|Donations WMCH||CHF||1'004'600,00||398'080,66||234'182,58||53'372,31||1'833'842,81||2'519'478,36||1'043'277,10||2'616'478,28||For the first time in WMCH's history, we were able to conduct email marketing campaigns and letter campaigns in a more professional way as our systems become slowly more effective. What is more, the whole year we communicated a lot about fake news and the importance of validated data and information. The Foundation also did a lot in that respect leading up to the US election. We believe that this helped tremendously in the public eye and drove people to respond in a very positive way to our fundraising efforts in Switzerland. This is why, for the first time ever, WMCH did not re-apply for a grant for 2021 so that the money could be distributed to other stakeholders within the wiki movement who are in need of support during these difficult times.|
|Pro Bono / In-kind donations||CHF||10'000,00||503,60||1'248,45||62,60||5'670,95||7'485,60||10'385,00||7'773,80||Unfortunately, as many face to face events were not conducted, we saw less income here.|
Spending during this period (6 month for progress report, 12 months for impact report)
spent to date
|Explanation of variances from plan|
|PROGRAM 1 - GLAM||120'000,00||26346,20||-1036,35||11113,00||16267,30||52690,15||120597,60||52952,55||43,91||2020 saw less spending because of COVID: the foreseen GLAM on Tour got cancelled as well as other events; we also received some reiumbursements back from work that has not been terminated or previous events.|
|PROGRAM 2 - Education||CHF||130'000,00||30970,34||20211,74||12924,62||23771,04||87877,74||130647,40||88315,37||67,60||Many things had to be cancelled because of COVID; however we finally had the time to make major steps forward with our OpenEdu Programme|
|PROGRAM 3 - Community||CHF||106'000,00||16640,81||5884,85||25284,58||36182,24||83992,48||106527,88||84410,76||79,24||Underspent here is linked to the cancellations of two major Wikicons: the German speaking and the French speaking one.|
|Program 4: International and National (Public) Relations||CHF||75'000,00||7838,85||19177,07||26185,20||-894,02||52307,10||75373,50||52567,59||69,74||Due to COVID a major friendraising event had to be cancelled; other national outreach efforts were done virtually instead of in person and thus demanded less resources. What is more Wiki Events such as the summit in Berlin were also cancelled.|
|Staff Wages & Expenses||CHF||597'770,00||146289,10||137726,85||152391,40||192596,16||629003,51||600746,89||632135,95||105,23||WMCH decided to finally hire a fundraising officer in order to support our fundraising efforts. This was desperately needed. Our new employee started in August 2020.|
|Operations (excludes staff and programs)||CHF||280'740,00||65683,22||75652,15||60390,20||93223,42||294948,99||282138,09||296417,84||105,06||As WMCH had no previous experience working with reconciliations in terms of fundraising automatization, we under-estimated the costs when consolidating the original budget. Auditing costs also rose slightly during 2020.|
Is your organization compliant with the terms outlined in the grant agreement?
As required in the grant agreement, please report any deviations from your grant proposal here. Note that, among other things, any changes must be consistent with our WMF mission, must be for charitable purposes as defined in the grant agreement, and must otherwise comply with the grant agreement.
- No deviations
Are you in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the grant agreement? Please answer "Yes" or "No".
Are you in compliance with provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), and with relevant tax laws and regulations restricting the use of the Grant funds as outlined in the grant agreement? Please answer "Yes" or "No".
- Once complete, please sign below with the usual four tildes.
Resources to plan for measurement
- Global metrics are an important starting point for grantees when it comes to measuring programmatic impact (Learning Patterns and Tutorial) but don’t stop there.
- Logic Models provide a framework for mapping your pathway to impact through the cause and effect chain from inputs to outputs to outcomes. Develop a logic model to map out your theory of change and determine the metrics and measures for your programs.
- Importantly, both qualitative and quantitative measures are important so consider both as you determine measures for your evaluation and be sure to ask the right questions to be sure to capture your program stories.
Resources for storytelling
- WMF storytelling series and toolkit (DRAFT)
- Online workshop on Storytelling. By Frameworks institute
- The origin of storytelling
- Story frames, with a focus on news-worthiness.
- Reading guide: Storytelling and Social change. By Working Narratives
- The uses of the story.
- Case studies.
- Blog: 3 Tips on telling stories that move people to action. By Paul VanDeCarr (Working Narratives), on Philanthropy.com
- Building bridges using narrative techniques. By Sparknow.net
- Differences between a report and a story
- Question guides and exercises.
- Guide: Tools for Knowledge and Learning. By Overseas Development Institute (UK).
- Developing a strategy
- Collaboration mechanisms
- Knowledge sharing and learning
- Capturing and storing knowledge.