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Midterm Learning Report

Report Status: Accepted

Due date: 2023-01-15T00:00:00Z

Funding program: Wikimedia Community Fund

Report type: Midterm

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General information


This form is for organizations receiving Wikimedia Community Funds (General Support) or Wikimedia Alliances Funds to report on their mid-term learning and results. See the Wikimedia Community Fund application if you want to review the initial proposal.

  • Name of Organization: Dagbani Wikimedians User Group
  • Title of Proposal: Dagbani Wikimedians User Group 2022 Annual Programs
  • Amount awarded: 55000 USD, 55000 GHS
  • Amount spent: 209159.5 GHS

Part 1 Understanding your work


1. Briefly describe how your strategies and activities proposed were implemented and if any changes to what was proposed are worth highlighting?

The main strategies we adopted and implemented in our program were based on the following Wikimedia 2030 strategy recommendations:

Innovate in free knowledge: We improved on the Dagbani Wikipedia Saha tele-education program by providing more training support for facilitators as well as renting more equipment to increase the quality of production. Also, we provided translation for the learning materials and transcription for the video content for YouTube and Wikimedia Commons.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development: Capacity building and leadership training programs were organized for community members. We successfully established a wikihub in Tamale College of Education to help connect Wikipedia to students and teachers, as well as educate them about Wikipedia policies and guidelines, and why they should be involved in contributing to Wikipedia.

Provide for Safety and Inclusion/Identify Topics for Impact: The user group as well as individual team members organized Art+Feminism contests to create and improve more articles relating to women on various topics

As a language community, we focused on creating partnership opportunities among our various language communities by co-organizing contests such as the WikiVibrance and Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Ghana to increase youth participation on Wikimedia projects.

Improve User Experience: We embarked on a two month Wikidata challenge that led to a significant increase in the number of Wikidata Lexemes in Dagbani. We also organized a series of workshops to train language communities on how to use Wikidata-powered infoxboxes on their various language Wikis and incubators.

2. Were there any strategies or approaches that you feel are being effective in achieving your goals?

Our community engagement activities, such as workshops, edit-a-thons, and contests, helped us train and engage more volunteers to effectively contribute to projects. It provided an opportunity for people to come together in a safe and comfortable environment to learn, share ideas, and connect with each other.

Our Dagbani Wikipedia Saha helped members learn new skills, share ideas, and build networks beyond the Wikimedia community by collaborating and working together on projects within and outside the Wikimedia community. Additionally, it provided members with the opportunity to contribute to our projects and also feel a sense of belonging within the community.

3. What challenges or obstacles have you encountered so far?

Internet connectivity is our major obstacle so far during the production of the tele-educational program dubbed ‘ Dagbani Wikipedia Saha'.

There were more than enough community members who wanted to take part in our community engagement activities but our resources to cater for such numbers were limited.

Even though community members understood that our work is purely voluntary, gift voucher prizes awarded during contests were seen not to be motivating enough since they do not have internet data to participate.

The inadequate infrastructure at the TACE Wiki hub compelled the College to adopt a double track system which prevented us from getting access to all level students as some of them were mostly not on campus to attend our workshops.

4. Please describe how different communities are participating and being informed about your work.

We used our tele-education program dubbed Dagbani Wikipedia Saha to reach a large audience where we facilitated workshops on the rules of Wikipedia and its sister projects such as Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, how to edit Wikipedia, how to upload pictures on Wikimedia Common and how to add structured data to Wikidata, how tools are used in automating edits.

As part of our efforts to bring on board all the 16 Mabia languages, we created WhatsApp platforms with the mass broadcast feature to automatically reach members from the Moore, Gurene and the two communities that were launched in December 2022, the Kusaal and Dagaare. Team members also honored interviews to television and radio stations in northern Ghana to educate the general public about our projects and wikimedia projects in general. Blog posts: We published blog posts via the Wikimedia diff platform to keep people abreast with the activities and projects the community embarks on. See some of our blog posts here. News portals: Digital news platforms such as Citinews, Sagani TV and radio stations have granted and published information on our projects and activities.

5. Please share reflections on how your efforts are helping to engage participants and/or build content, particularly for underrepresented groups.

Gender Identity: We have organize a series of Art+Feminism contests to create and improve more articles relating to women and also added dagbani wikidata labels and description to a lot of women wikidata items in other to bridge the gap between men and women on wikipedia

Linguistic / Language: We were able to incubate two more languages, Dagaare and Kusaal. These two languages happen to be some of the less known in Ghana, and we seek to leverage wikimedia projects to ensure their visibility on the internet.

6. In your application, you outlined your learning priorities. What have you learned so far about these areas during this period?

Dagbani Wikipedia Saha: our community members who could not make it to our training due to some reasons, are able to edit on Wikidata and Wikimedia commons at the comfort of their homes by watching our Tele-Educational program Dagbani Wikipedia Saha.

7. What are the next steps and opportunities you’ll be focusing on for the second half of your work?

The Dagbani Wikipedia Saha Season 3: A tele education program to educate people on how to contribute to Dagbani Wikipedia.

Parliament of Ghana Contest Series (4th Republic): It will document the various parliamentarians on the Dagbani Wikipedia.

Community Engagement Activities: The 2030 movement strategies would be discussed in our continued community engagement activities.

Establishment of Wiki Hub at the BACE and the university of education (school of languages)

Part 2: Metrics


8a. Open and additional metrics data.

Open Metrics
Open Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Awareness Campaign 1. We will broadcast 24 episodes of our Dagbani Wikipedia Saha on partner TV station to recruit, train create Wikipedia awareness using Digital TV broadcast.
2. We will organize Art+Feminism campaigns in 3 teacher training colleges to engage more students.
27 50 Through the use a Tele-education program dubbed Dagbani Wikipedia Saha, we were able able to surpass the set target. The program made it possible for people who do not always have time to come for physical trainings to sit the comfort of their homes to learn more about Wikipedia, this aroused the interest of people to avail themselves and were recruited to take part in our projects. Outreach dashboard
Additional Metrics
Additional Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities We will retain at least 200 editors after this project 200 190 We retained a substantial number of editors from the Dagbani Wikimedians User Group and its sister projects. Outreach dashboard
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities At least 20 organizers will be retained after this project 20 19 A number of organizers were retained and they continue to participate in our activities. Outreach dashboard and manual recording of program activities.
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability We hope tp retain at least 8 active strategic partners/institutions after this project 6 6 We have been able to secure partnerships from vibrant institutions that are ready to help our course. Writing letters and engaging with them in physical conversations.
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors We will share surveys after each project to learn more about how we can improve on our programs N/A N/A N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees We will evaluate the diversity of our participants and community from our project survey responses N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications We will reach at least 10,000 people from our TV program and at least 20,000 from all programs 30000 6834 We achieved a massive social media presence. This was achieved due to the advocacy and campaigns we had as part of the programs. The result was computed by visiting our social media handles and manually computing it.
Number of activities developed We hope to develop atleast 4 new projects from our current projects and communities 4 5 All the programs that were earmarked for the first half of the project period were successfully implemented. Outreach dashboard and manual recording of programs.
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

8b. Additional core metrics data.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of participants This will include people who participate in our campaigns, workshops, contests, photowalks,edit-a-thons etc. Dagbani, Gurene and Moore communities) 800 190 We were able to retain a substantial number of editors after going through halfway the project. Outreach dashboard
Number of editors This will include new, existing and returning editors from the Dagbani, Gurene and Moore Wikimedia communities. 400 190 We recorded a massive turnout for project participation from Dagabni Wikimedia and its sister communities. Outreach dashboard.
Number of organizers This will include the total number of event and campaign organizers from our community hubs, partners, Wiki communities 40 19 We retained a significant number of organizers from the Dagbani Wikimedians User group and its sister communities. Outreach dashboard and manual record keeping of programs.
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Wikipedia The total number of Dagbani Wikipedia articles created or improved. 1200 3846 The community volunteers started the project with high enthusiasm and contributed massively by creating and improving Dagbani articles. Catanalysis tool under toolforge
Wikimedia Commons Total number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons 7000 304 We were able to achieve this result by embarking on the Wiki Loves Monuments project. Glamorous tool under toolforge
Wikidata The total number of Wikidata items created or improved, Lexemes and Wikidata labels described in Dagbani. 10000 8629 This represents the number of Lexemes created. Wikidata query service
Incubator The total number of articles created on Gurene and Moore Wikipedia incubator. 1000 627 This is the total number of articles created in Gurene and Moore Incubators. A manual check on the project pages of Moore and Gurene communities.

9. Are you having any difficulties collecting data to measure your results?

No, respondents are always willing to give us feedback on any activities we engage in.

10. Are you collaborating and sharing learning with Wikimedia affiliates or community members?


10a. Please describe how you have already shared them and if you would like to do more sharing, and if so how?

We are currently collaborating with the Moore Wikimedians community, the Gurune community, the Kusaal Wikimedia community, and the Dagaare community. We also work with other Wikimedia affiliates, chapters, and communities, such as Wikimedia Norway, the Wikimedia Language Diversity Hub, and Art+Feminism.

11. Documentation of your work process, story, and impact.

  • Below there is a section to upload files, videos, sound files, images (photos and infographics, e.g. communications materials, blog posts, compelling quotes, social media posts, etc.). This can be anything that would be useful to understand and show your learning and results to date (e.g., training material, dashboards, presentations, communications material, training material, etc).
  • Below is an additional field to type in link URLs.
List of dashboards:

Wikidata Property Translation: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Dagbani_Wikimedians_User_Group/Wikidata_Property_Translation_Contest

Wikidata Lexicographical data: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Dagbani_Wikimedian_User_Group/Dagbani_Lexemes_And_Wikidata_Properties

Tace Wiki Hub: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Tace_Wiki_Hub/TACE_Wiki_Hub

World Heritage Sites in Danger - Gurene Wikimedia Community: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Gurene_Wikimedia_Community/World_Heritage_Sites_in_Danger_-_Gurene_Wikimedia_Community

WHindanger Contest: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Dagbani_Wikimedians_User_Group/WHindanger_Contest

Gurene International Youth Day 2022: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Gurene_Wikimedia_Community/Gurene_International_Youth_Day_2022

Moore International Youth Day 2022: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Moore_Wikimedia_Community/Moore_International_Youth_Day_2022/students/overview

Wikimedia commons files:


Part 3: Financial reporting and compliance


12. Please state the total amount spent in your local currency.


13. Local currency type


14. Please report the funds received and spending in the currency of your fund.

  • Upload Documents, Templates, and Files.
  • Provide links to your financial reporting documents.

15. Based on your implementation and learning to date, do you have any plans to make changes to the budget spending?


15a. Please provide an explanation on how you hope to adjust this.

We introduced a significant number of budget items that were not initially included in the original budget, this was a result of an afterthought of activities/expenses that were very crucial to the successful implementation of the project.

We also had to rework the budget and project to align with the approved amount for the project since the amount of funded was not the same as the funds requested.

16. We’d love to hear any thoughts you have on how the experience of being a grantee has been so far.

We have had a great experience as a grantee ranging from coordinating project activities, making sure timelines for activities are met, and making sure set targets are achieved.