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Next steps to develop your idea[edit]

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Thanks for submitting your idea, Wiki Awareness Campaign, for the New Readers Inspire Campaign. In order to help develop your idea further, we want to ask you to respond to the following questions here on the discussion page. Please refer to this document, which contains examples and resources to help you answer these questions:

1. Describe one or two versions of this idea that are smaller than your initial one.
2. List three assumptions about your project and why you think those assumptions are true (see the document for some examples).
3. List three skills or resources you don’t have, that you need for this project to succeed.
4. How can you determine if your project is successful?

Please contact me on my talk page if you have any questions. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 21:58, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

The Pilot Project[edit]

Hello @I JethroBT (WMF): I hope I'm not too late in answering your questions above. My answers are as follows:

1. Describe one or two versions of this idea that are smaller than your initial one.
I’d like to implement a pilot version of the idea to only one local Government school.
2. List three assumptions about your project and why you think those assumptions are true.
A 1: The school will be willing to allow us to hold a lecture series.
R 1: I’ve talked to the concerned authorities and they are happy to conduct such an awareness campaign.
A 2: The students will be interested in learning about Wikipedia.
R 2: Students of this age are curious by nature and anything that satisfy their curiosity would be more than welcome.
A 3: There will be an increase in the awareness and the number of users after the completion of the project.
R 3: I’ve run a pilot survey and hardly any student knows about Wikipedia. Therefore, whoever attends the lectures would basically be a new user.
3. List three skills or resources you don’t have, that you need for this project to succeed.
1. Experienced Wikipedians to share their experiences with the students and how the students can learn from it.
2. Financial assistance for arranging the lectures as the schools would not provide that.
3. Some sort of giveaways for the students, like stickers and pins.
4. How can you determine if your project is successful?
We'll assess the outcome on the basis of an end of the lecture quiz and feedback forms. The project will be a success if it is able to create 50 new users.

Please let me know if you need more clarification. -- RaoSahil88 (talk) 16:41, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Rapid Grant applications due March 15th[edit]

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Thanks for starting your idea with the New Readers Inspire Campaign. I'm Chris Schilling (User:I JethroBT (WMF)), a community organizer supporting the campaign.

If you think you may need funding for your idea, Rapid Grants are available for ideas submitted during this campaign. Grant applications for ideas related to new readers are due by March 15th, 2018 (23:59 GMT). You can convert your idea into a Rapid Grant proposal by clicking on the Expand into a Rapid Grant button at the bottom of your idea page. Please review the guidelines and criteria before starting your grant application. If you need help completing your grant application, please contact me at cschilling@wikimedia.org.

While applications for Rapid Grants can normally be submitted at any time, we have implemented a deadline for ideas on this specific topic. The reason for this deadline is because we plan to develop specific criteria later in 2018 for grant applications related to new readers and awareness-building activities. The applicants and project plans we receive from you in the coming weeks will help us define these guidelines and set expectations for future work in inviting people to use Wikimedia projects generally.

Also, if you do not need funding but would like to discuss other questions or needs for your idea (such as on-wiki volunteers or advising), please feel free to contact me on my talk page or at cschilling@wikimedia.org, and we can discuss your needs over e-mail or schedule a time to have a conversation about your needs over Skype / Hangouts / IRC. Thanks, I JethroBT (WMF) 15:47, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Resources for your education project[edit]

Hi RaoSahil88, and thank you for your submission to the New Readers Inspire Campaign! I’m excited to learn more about your ideas and help support you moving forward. Allow me to introduce myself and my team:

My name is Nichole Saad, and I’m an education program manager on the Education Team at the Wikimedia Foundation. You can read more about me on Wiki. In short, I’m an education specialist who has worked in about 20 schools in 7 countries, and supported education development projects for governments and UN agencies. Now, I support people like you to carry out education activities in the Wikimedia movement that help students achieve valuable 21st century skills while building awareness for the movement and adding content to Wikimedia projects, especially on local language Wikis.

I wanted to share some resources that might be helpful for you while you are planning your rapid grant proposals, and also offer you office hours time where we can have a conversation about your project ideas and how you can plan for success. Please find below the linked resources, and a link to a Doodle where you can select the time that works best for you. I will follow up with at least two time slot offerings, and you can feel free to join the call that works best for you.

Warm regards,

Nichole 19:23, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Doodle Link:

https://doodle.com/poll/5stnqgb8vrtn8rzr

Useful resources:

Background reading on shared goals in education and the Wikimedia Movement:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/04/27/mobile-learning-week/
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/01/23/education-survey-report/

Program management tool

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/

Where you can find examples:

https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/News
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Case_Studies
Hello @NSaad (WMF): First, let me apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Got caught up in work. I went through the resources provided by you and am glad that you took time out to share your work with me. This is my first outreach project and this information would help a lot. We're working out the details, modifying things according to our new found resources. Hope you won't mind if we bug you with a few questions as we plan and execute this program. Thanks again. Regards. -- RaoSahil88 (talk) 06:11, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

Inspire Campaign Rapid Grant applications due today[edit]

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This is a final reminder that the deadline for Rapid Grant applications for ideas submitted for the New Readers Inspire Campaign are due today (March 15th 2018) by 23:59 GMT. IF you think you need funding for you idea, please review the following instructions:

If you haven't drafted your Rapid Grant proposal: Click on the Expand into a Rapid Grant button at the bottom of your idea page and fully respond to all the questions. Once you've answered the questions and are ready for your proposal to be formally reviewed, submit your draft proposal and change the status=draft to status=proposed in the {{Probox}} template.
If you've already drafted your Rapid Grant proposal: Be sure to fully respond to all questions regarding your activities, measures of impact, and budget, and then change the status=draft to status=proposed in the {{Probox}} template.

If you're not sure you know how to change the status of your proposal or aren't sure if you've changed it properly, please contact me at cschilling@wikimedia.org or on my talk page and I can make the changes for you. Thanks, User:I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 15:54, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Approval[edit]

Hello RaoSahil88, thank you for participating in the Inspire campaign. I am approving your grant request. I hope you take advantage of the resources my colleague Nichole has provided for you above. Best regards, WJifar (WMF) (talk) 12:43, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Hello @WJifar (WMF):, First of all I apologize for taking so long to reply. I was caught up in some work. Thank you for approving my grant request. It will really help spread knowledge to the underprivileged girls of the school. Regards -- RaoSahil88 (talk) 05:58, 11 April 2018 (UTC)