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Latest comment: 7 years ago by Mjohnson (WMF) in topic Eligibility confirmed, round 1 2017

Eligibility confirmed, round 1 2017[edit]

This Project Grants proposal is under review!

We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for round 1 2017 review. Please feel free to ask questions and make changes to this proposal as discussions continue during the community comments period, through April 4.

The committee's formal review for round 1 2017 begins on 5 April 2017, and grants will be announced 19 May. See the schedule for more details.

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--Marti (WMF) (talk) 23:23, 24 March 2017 (UTC)Reply

Round 1 2017 decision[edit]

This project has not been selected for a Project Grant at this time.

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Aggregated feedback from the committee for Wikiversity and Vikidia joint outreach program for schools in Italy, Switzerland and San Marino[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:
  • The project is consistent with some WMF alignments, and it could have a little overall impact in the Wikimedia movement, because the target project (Wikiversity) is a small project.
  • Exploration of Wikiversity's role within the Wikimedia project ecosystem and programs to reach younger audiences are both worthwhile goals that fit well with Wikimedia movement priorities. However, it is unclear whether the proposed project will primarily serve to generate impact for the Wikimedia movement, or whether it will lead to a shift of resources towards Vikidia. There is no specific plan for scaling or sustainment of the project, but this is partially to be expected for an exploratory and experimental effort.
  • WIkiversity is a project with several weaknesses, so at the moment it cannot be proposed to the universities.
  • This project has some strategic value for our movement, basically because it tackles a group age (between 8 and 13) somewhat forgotten from our Education projects. Making a breakthrough with kids of these ages is very important.
  • Rather poor fit: while development of Wikiversity is within our strategy, Vikidia is an independent project, and it is not clear from this grant how much would come of it.
  • The project has a innovation to reach the kids between 8-13 y.o., but I can't consider them as regular contributors in Wikimedia projects. The project could start a new generation but it needs a way to continue the process.
  • The goals of the project are relatively vague; no specific metrics or criteria for success have been proposed, and it is difficult to see how the impact of the project will be measured and evaluated.
  • I think that it makes sense to have feedback from chapters working with universities and to understand why they don't propose Wikiversity.
  • The project does not include measures of success. Although there are some partnerships it's not very clear how is it going to work.
  • It’s unclear how the grantee will measure success. Project goal is not sufficiently described and it is little bit unclear.
  • No measures of success.
  • The budget seems fine to make all activities.
  • The budget appears high for the proposed level of impact, and the focus on travel costs suggests that there is a lack of local volunteer resources to support the program; this may lead to an ongoing need for additional resources if the program is to be sustained in the future.
  • Several concerns about the team. The majority of submitters are very inexperienced.
  • Participants account for lots of experience in Wikimedia projects and initiatives.
  • The project team seems to be able to execute this project. I am not able to understand how efficient the budget is given that there are no measures of success.
  • I don't see a lot of support...
  • There is a limited amount of engagement with the Wikimedia community, as well as potential concerns regarding the relationship with Vikidia and the form that interaction between the two communities will ultimately take.
  • This project has relevant community support but no so sure about the support from outsiders.
  • I do not see any community conversation, just a notification about grant request with not a big community response.
  • Good community engagement, proposal is targeting an underrepresented project (Wiktionary).
  • I consider this the moment to reach the new generation into the Wikimedia movement, and this project could be a pilot to similar projects. We can't stand for only "bullet-proof" projects and this support is for the innovation and the potential inspiration to other to make similar projects with kids.
  • The underlying idea of the project is a good one. However, some degree of preliminary exploration to define the role of Vikidia and to identify more specific goals and metrics would be advisable prior to funding the project.
  • The team has a majority of very inexperienced people and the model is hard to replicate or to propose. Wikiversity has never increased because there are some weaknesses to resolve and the proposal doesn't analyze them.
  • I want to support educational programs, but I am not sure what kind of contribution could be done by pupils aged 8-13 in Wikimedia projects.
  • Although in itself it is a good proposal, it is hard to support it without any measures of success at all. It would be great to have a project targeting Italian Wikiversity funded, but a better proposal with more details on what is planned, in how many schools, with what level of involvement of teachers etc. is needed for this.