Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Introducing Wikipedia to Fante Wikimedia Community (ID: 21884534)/Final Report

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Report Status: Draft

Funding program: Rapid Fund, Wikimedia Community Fund

Report type: Final

Due date: 2022-10-31T00:00:00Z

Application

General information[edit]

  • Title of Proposal: Introducing Wikipedia to Fante Wikimedia Community
  • Username of Applicant: Robertjamal12
  • Name of Organization: N/A
  • Amount awarded: 2565.1
  • Amount spent: 3000.03 USD, 22700 GHS

Part 1 Understanding your work[edit]

1. Briefly describe how your proposed activities and strategies were implemented

Three in-person training workshops and three online events for new and existing editors of the community were organised for three different units of people living in different Cities (Cape Coast, Takoradi and Accra) during the project's duration. The targets were the natives and linguistics, so in-person events were organised in Language departments across Universities in the Central, Western and Greater Accra regions of Ghana, which hosted Students and lecturers, whereas the online saw participants across Ghana and this played a key factor in achieving our outcomes

2. Were there any strategies or approaches that you felt were effective in achieving your goals? Please describe these strategies and approaches.

Yes, both strategies or approaches (In-person and Online) were effective in achieving our goals. We also implored the techniques of a learner-centred approach which was purely hands-on. These approaches were very effective as they saw the recruitment of over 50 new editors and over 40 active community members who contributed to the creation of over 290 articles in the Incubator and other improvements on Wikidata (14.1K descriptions Added, 41 interwiki links added, 25 items created, and 562 labels). To help members stay active, they were provided with data allowances to offset their internet data expenses

3. Please use this space to upload media and other files that help tell your story and impact.

Field to type in URLs.

1. Program and event dashboard link: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community

2. Link to event photos: period:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedians

https://twitter.com/FanteCommunity/status/1566080612582162434

https://twitter.com/FanteCommunity/status/1559927929592840193

4. To what extent do you agree with the following statements regarding the work carried out with the support of this Fund? You can choose “not applicable” if your work does not relate to these goals.

Our efforts during the Fund period have helped to...
A. Bring in participants from underrepresented groups Strongly agree
B. Create a more inclusive and connected culture in our community Strongly agree
C. Develop content about underrepresented topics/groups Strongly agree
D. Develop content from underrepresented perspectives Strongly agree
E. Encourage the retention of editors Agree
F. Encourage the retention of organizers Agree

5. Is there anything else you would like to share about how your efforts helped to bring in participants and/or build out content, particularly for underrepresented groups?

As a new community trying to build a community of volunteers for the Fante language, targeting natives, students and Lecturers in various language universities saw more participants interested in contributing to their local wiki. Locals in the Central and Western Region have little knowledge of Wikipedia and its sister projects, so our efforts to introduce Wikipedia to the Fante Community helped bring in participants who know the language and were eager to contribute, especially to their local wiki, which is the Fante Wikipedia Incubator.

Through our efforts, a group of Fante Wikimedians on various Campuses have been created to continue meeting up and contributing. One key factor identified that acts as a barrier for the group, in which most of the community members are Students, is the high cost of living at the moment in Ghana as there is an increase in data cost, which in turn hinders the ability of community members to contribute in their volunteer time. Another barrier is IP Blocks affecting community members. During the project, we had to seek Global IP blocks (temporary) for 70 community members who were participating in this project.

Part 2: Your main learning[edit]

6. In your application, you outlined your learning priorities. What did you learn about these areas during this period?

We realised that organising in-person events was the best method for effectively training new Fante Community members to become active Wikidata and Wikipedia editors. The in-person events saw participants concentrated and excited to be part of the community compared to the online event.

Community members know there are different ways to contribute to Wikimedia and are interested in doing so, as other participants contributed to Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.

New/existing editors now have the skills and motivation necessary to continue contributing to Wikimedia projects as participants were trained to edit other Wikipedia projects and awarded data scholarships to enable them to contribute throughout the project period.

Furthermore, we invited existing partners again and established new ones, including a partnership with Wiki World Heritage to collaborate and enhance the visibility of Wikimedia projects on the Fante Wikipedia Incubator (https://wikiworldheritage.org/our-partners/)

7. Did anything unexpected or surprising happen when implementing your activities?This can include both positive and negative situations. What did you learn from those experiences?

One of the unexpected and surprising factors whilst implementing our activities was the number of participants that showed interest in contributing and joining the community. We saw an increase in participation and contribution; It was just unprecedented. This is beacuse natives didn’t know they could contribute to Wikipedia more excitingly in their local language. For future processes, we hope to increase the number of participants for events

8. How do you hope to use this learning? For instance, do you have any new priorities, ideas for activities, or goals for the future?

We wish to use our learnings to build up for future events and manage the community effectively. As a new community, we have priorities to expand and share the sum of all knowledge and make knowledge accessible in the Fante Language across Wikimedia projects. We will continue building the capacity of the community members and organise workshop trainings for community members and team leads. We learnt from this project that more natives are interested in contributing to Wikipedia and its sister projects

9. Documentation of resources: Use this space to upload any documents that would be useful to share with others (e.g. communications material, training material, presentations).


Here is an additional field to type in URLs.

1. Link to presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1I_MwTEMpnngq1Cmzbe_HiPJTM7BhEIl0NVth3Q0Ub04/edit?usp=sharing

Part 3: Metrics[edit]

10a. Open Metrics reporting

In your application, you defined some open metrics and targets (goals). You will see a table like the one below with your metric in the title and the target you set in your proposal automatically filled in. Use the tables to report the result. Use the comments column to describe any aspects of this result that you find relevant. If the results were different from the initial target (goals) then you can explain why and what you learned from this. You can also provide any qualitative analysis regarding these results. In the last column please describe the tools and methodology used to collect this data and any difficulties you might have had.

Open Metrics Summary
Open Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
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10b. Core Metrics reporting

In your application, you defined targets for some core metrics and targets (goals). You will see a table like the one below with each core metric in the title and the target you set in your proposal automatically filled in. Use the tables to report the result. Use the comments column to describe any aspects of this result that you find relevant. If the results were different from the initial target (goals) then you can explain why and what you learned from this. You can also provide any qualitative analysis regarding these results. In the last column please describe the tools and methodology used to collect this data and any difficulties you might have had. Note: a table will appear for each Wikimedia project content contribution you defined in your proposal.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of participants Volunteer editors to meet up 60 94 The turnout number was impressive. 94 participants participated in both online and offline events. 30 were returning participants, whilst 64 were new. Outreachdashboard.

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community/home

Number of editors Editors who will be retained and continue active editing the during the period 20 40 The number of editors who signed up on the dashboard was 74. 40 Editors were retained and continued active editing during the period

Newly Registered Users (new editors): 43 Returning editors: 31

Outreachdashboard.

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community/home

Number of organizers Groups of people to work with 3 3 The project had three organizers Outreachdashboard.

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community/home

Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Incubator The articles created or improved on the Fante language incubator 60 303 Participants who joined the dashboard created 296 articles in the Incubator during this campaign. Outreachdashboard.

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community/home

Wikidata The items created or improved 60 24 14.1K descriptions Added, 41 interwiki links added, 25 items created, and 562 labels added during the campaign. Outreachdashboard.

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community/home

Wikimedia Commons The media files uploaded to commons 30 106 The total number of images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons during the campaign was 106 Outreachdashboard.

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community/home

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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12. Did you have any difficulties collecting data to measure your results? This could include things like a lack of time or resources, or the expertise in your team to collect this data. It could also include difficulties with particular data collection tools.

No

12a. State what difficulties you had.

N/A

12b. How do you hope to overcome these challenges in the future? Do you have any recommendations for the Foundation to support you in addressing these challenges?

N/A

13. Use this space to upload any documents and provide links to any tools you have used that would be useful to understand your data collection (e.g., surveys you have carried out, communications material, training material, program and event dashboard link, project page on Meta).


Here is an additional field to type in URLs.

1. . Program and event dashboard link: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Fante_Wikimedians_Community/Introducing_Wikipedia_to_Fante_Wikimedia_Community/home

14. Have you shared these results with other Wikimedian communities (either affiliates, user groups, volunteers, etc., different to yours)? This can include things such as data and direct outcomes, lessons you have learned, or information on how to run or recreate your programs.

No

14a. If yes or partially, please describe how you have already shared them and if you would like to do more sharing, and if so how.


Part 4: Financial reporting and compliance[edit]

15. & 14a. Please state the total amount spent in your local currency.

22700 GHS

16. Please state the total amount spent in USD.

3000.03 USD

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

17a. Upload a financial report file.


17b. Please provide a link to your financial reporting document.

Link to financial reporting document: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x5FH_wRpK1ddnWn3m4lHLpNUGQrvH4_QXq05IvPggB4/edit?usp=sharing

As required in the fund agreement, please report any deviations from your fund 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.

17c. If you have not already done so in your budget report, please provide information on changes in the budget in relation to your original proposal.

N/A

18. Do you have any unspent funds from the Fund?

No

18a. Please list the amount and currency you did not use and explain why.

N/A

18b. What are you planning to do with the underspent funds?

N/A

18c. Please provide details of hope to spend these funds.

N/A

19. Are you in compliance with the terms outlined in the fund agreement?

Yes

20. Are you in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the grant agreement?

Yes

21. 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 Funds as outlined in the grant agreement? In summary, this is to confirm that the funds were used in alignment with the WMF mission and for charitable/nonprofit/educational purposes.

Yes

22. If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please write them here.


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