Planning for program inputs & outputs
Use the information to help plan for program inputs and outputs.
It is important to keep in mind who the target audience of a workshop will be and design the event for that audience. For example, workshops that aim to engage new editors may need a different model for recruiting participants than workshops that aim to build the skills of experienced editors.
The data from different edit-a-thons can help find the right combination of participants for your contribution goals.
|This table represents the middle 50% of workshops for each metric: 
|For each participant,
|Text pages added
|Articles created or improved
Examine the resources that have gone into implementing different workshops.
This report includes budgets from 28 workshops, ranging from $0.00 USD to $8,321.18 USD. A variety of budgets are used to achieve different workshop goals in different contexts.
There are approaches to resourcing beyond monetary funds--all the workshops examined leveraged donated resources in some way. From the 44 workshops reporting donated resources, all 44 reported having received a donated meeting space, and 17 workshops (39%) reported receiving donated materials or equipment.
Reach out and connect to other workshops leaders.
Among all the benefits of connecting with fellow program leaders, you can find program leaders who ran similar workshops in similar contexts, and ask about the resources needed and outcomes expected. When using budgets presented here for planning purposes, try to find an event in a location with similar costs to your area and consider reaching out to a successful program leader to discuss potential resource needs (including possible budget or donated resources). Alternatively, you can find an event based on the same model in a different location and talk to the program leader about the costs before translating those expenses into local prices.
Use the distribution statistics as guardrails against costly plans that may not produce scaled results.
Information on cost per participant or cost per new user can also be helpful references for comparing the cost of your event with how much many editors you reach. As with overall budget information, these should be taken in the context of each event. If planning a new program, you might expect the costs to fall within middle 50% of costs per output reported. Programs nearer the bottom of the middle 50% create better outcomes with fewer inputs. We hope, as we continue to evaluate programs and feed the results back into program design, that we can learn more from the programs achieving the most impact using the fewest resources.