Grants talk:IdeaLab/Reach out to University departments of women's & Gender Studies, Queer Studies, ethnic studies, etc.

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Hi @Jonotrain:, thanks for posting this Idea! I think it's got heaps of potential and I wanted to check in and see if you are interested in developing it further (and if funding is needed, in turning this into a grant proposal -- the Inspire campaign is offering $250,000 in grants funding to gendergap-related projects). There's a couple of days left before the deadline on March 31, if you want to add more detail, rally people to help out, etc. --Skud (WMF) (talk) 00:45, 30 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi @Skud: - I'm glad you like the idea. I'm definitely interested in expanding the idea. I'm new to this sort of thing, so I'm not sure where to begin. But a grant proposal sounds great. I think that creating a writing prize (it could be small - something in the $500-$5000 range) for best new article or best substantial edit would be a great place to start. Then we could publicize the contest by reaching out to relevant university departments. How do I go about asking for the funds?

Eligibility confirmed, Inspire Campaign[edit]

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This Inspire Grant proposal is under review!

We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for the Inspire Campaign review. Please feel free to ask questions and make changes to this proposal as discussions continue during this community comments period.

The committee's formal review begins on 6 April 2015, and grants will be announced at the end of April. See the schedule for more details.

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Aggregated feedback from the committee for Reach out to University departments of women's & Gender Studies, Queer Studies, ethnic studies, etc.[edit]

Scoring rubric Score
(A) Impact potential
  • Does it have the potential to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects, either in terms of content, contributors, or both?
  • Does it have the potential for online impact?
  • Can it be sustained, scaled, or adapted elsewhere after the grant ends?
(B) Community engagement
  • Does it have a specific target community and plan to engage it often?
  • Does it have community support?
(C) Ability to execute
  • Can the scope be accomplished in the proposed timeframe?
  • Is the budget realistic/efficient ?
  • Do the participants have the necessary skills/experience?
(D) Measures of success
  • Are there both quantitative and qualitative measures of success?
  • Are they realistic?
  • Can they be measured?
Additional comments from the Committee:
  • Great idea for community outreach to university departments of gender and queer studies.
  • While the idea of reaching out to diverse and underrepresented communities is interesting and novel, the proposal is under-developed and it's difficult to gauge impact.
  • Would like to know how the participants think this might be adapted and scaled after the grant ends.
  • The general concept seems like it has a high potential to increase gender diversity in terms of content and contributors. However, I'm not sure the project as written can actually achieve that goal.
  • Plans to focus on Northern India universities but other global locations too. Might be better to be more targeted in this first round to get the idea off the ground.
  • Very little online community support at present. I'd love to see community notifications and interactions with existing WikiProjects like WikiProject Gender Studies.
  • Organizing contests on Wikipedia have been done frequently in the past and seems doable with a modest budget if they stay with a modest number of locations.
  • I think the scope and budget are realistic and flexible given the nature of the project.
  • There would need to be specific metrics developed for this project to measure its success quantitatively. Qualitative evaluation is built into the project proposal (article writing prizes, etc).

Inspire funding decision[edit]

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This project has not been selected for an Inspire Grant at this time.

We love that you took the chance to creatively improve the Wikimedia movement. The committee has reviewed this proposal and not recommended it for funding, but we hope you'll continue to engage in the program. Please drop by the IdeaLab to share and refine future ideas!

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