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Eligibility confirmed, Inspire Campaign[edit]

This Inspire Grant proposal is under review!

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Aggregated feedback from the committee for Social Science goes Wikipedia![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 idea is a sound way to increase gender diversity and content, however the idea of having students and staff carry on the program after one training session is unlikely based on prior experiences on campuses.
  • Would recommend a part of the execution that has to do with creating a community of such advisors (e.g. organizing events, or even some for of online communication).
  • The group has a target for training experienced students at their university but no evident community engagement or support from the university. Would like to see contact with departments on campus who might share their interest.
  • There is little evidence of Wikimedia community engagement in this project, and little explicit provision made for attempting to deepen and/or sustain community engagement in the project itself.
  • The idea of targeting students who are knowledgeable about social science is a good one, but could most likely be done at a lower cost with collaboration with local Wikipedians and working with the Wikimedia Foundation Education program.
  • The budget is too high for a project of limited scope that anticipates 30 participants.
  • One-off training session do not often bring in students long term so the target is unrealistic based on previous experience working with students and staff.
  • Would suggest the proposers look at other successful campaigns like Art + Feminism and contact existing WikiProjects.

Inspire funding decision[edit]

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

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