Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/wikiBlind outreach at the 2022 National Federation for the Blind Convention (ID: 21897820)/Final Report
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Report Status: Draft
Funding program: Rapid Fund, Wikimedia Community Fund
Report type: Final
Due date: 2022-10-30T00:00:00Z
- Title of Proposal: wikiBlind outreach at the 2022 National Federation for the Blind Convention
- Username of Applicant: CaliLive
- Name of Organization: N/A
- Amount awarded: 3300
- Amount spent: 3319.25 USD, 3319.25 USD
Part 1 Understanding your work
1. Briefly describe how your proposed activities and strategies were implemented
As planned, Courtney Mazzola, WikiBlind member, has attended the 2022 National Federation of the Blind Convention as a representative of the Wikimedia movement. During the event, Courtney connected with members of the blind community and various support organizations.
Underrepresented Engaged memebrs about contributing Presented the idea of contributing (new idea) Thru 1:1 and shared sessions
2. Were there any strategies or approaches that you felt were effective in achieving your goals? Please describe these strategies and approaches.
(1) meeting with people who are in position to connect us with blind people in their group or community (e.g. teachers, NFB affiliate board members, community organizers) (2) individualize: connect the activity of contributing with a person's personal interest or personality
3. Please use this space to upload media and other files that help tell your story and impact.
Field to type in URLs.
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.
|A. Bring in participants from underrepresented groups||Strongly agree|
|B. Create a more inclusive and connected culture in our community||Agree|
|C. Develop content about underrepresented topics/groups||Not applicable to your fund|
|D. Develop content from underrepresented perspectives||Not applicable to your fund|
|E. Encourage the retention of editors||Not applicable to your fund|
|F. Encourage the retention of organizers||Not applicable to your fund|
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?
Slower process than we'd like, because we are doing idea marketing first "I'd love to give back, I use wiki all the time"
Part 2: Your main learning
6. In your application, you outlined your learning priorities. What did you learn about these areas during this period?
What accessibility obstacles are most commonly preventing blind users from: (a) using Wikimedia content? (b) contributing to Wikipedia?
complexity of using screen readers (for people who are not tech savvy, just linking user page to WikiBlind takes more than an hour), troubleshooting is very difficult and requires extreme motivation, features: citations
at conf everybody is "green", have not even thought about contributing but they are readers -- yes, most of them
Is there interest and capacity within the blind community to participate in the Wikimedia movement in a bigger way?
Yes, but they do not know how to contribute, unsure what to do, how to engage
What resources and support can the WikiBlind user group obtain from the larger blind and accessibility communities (including organizations and institutions working in this field) that can further our goal of making free knowledge accessible?
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?
find ways to engage people positive community reaction, sense of community, interest
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?
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.
Part 3: Metrics
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.
|N/A||The number of people our representative has talked to, connected with, and gathered contact information from (name and e-mail address).||30||30||Number of new direct contacts (30 of 30)
still in progress, follow ups are happening
|hard to gague|
|N/A||The number of organizations (non-profits, businesses and other institutions) our representative has talked to, which have expressed interest in working with WikiBlind in the future and provided a person of contact (name and e-mail address).||5||N/A||Number of new potential organizational partners (x of 5)||N/A|
|N/A||The number of new members of the WikiBlind User Group who will join our group as a result of outreach work done by our representative at the event. Measured 60 days after event.||5||7||Number of new WikiBlind user group members (7 of 5)||N/A|
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.
|Number of participants||While one person will be present at the event in person, we will organize an on-line meeting of WikiBlind members, Wikimedia Accessibility user group members, and other interested Wikimedians, where Courtney will present a summary of the topics raised and connections made. This will serve as a kick-off for discussions around identifying most urgent accessibility issues to be solved.||15||x of 15|
|Number of editors|
|Number of organizers|
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.
12a. State what difficulties you had.
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?
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.
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.
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
15. & 14a. Please state the total amount spent in your local currency.
16. Please state the total amount spent in 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.
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.
18. Do you have any unspent funds from the Fund?
18a. Please list the amount and currency you did not use and explain why.
18b. What are you planning to do with the underspent funds?
18c. Please provide details of hope to spend these funds.
19. Are you in compliance with the terms outlined in the fund agreement?
20. Are you in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the grant agreement?
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.
22. If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please write them here.