Grants talk:Project/Creating Online training resources for Telugu Wikipedia

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Proposal Clinics[edit]


Thanks for beginning to draft your proposal for the Project Grants open call! I wanted to make sure you are aware that we are hosting proposal clinics for applicants to ask questions and get feedback. If you would like to attend, you can find the dates, times, and videoconference links posted on this page: These are optional opportunities to get support improving your proposal. Let me know if you have any questions! Good luck with finishing your proposal for the February 10 deadline!

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--MCasoValdes (WMF) (talk) 17:49, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Reminder: Change status to proposed to submit[edit]

IMPORTANT: Please note that you must change your proposal status from "draft" to "proposed" by the submission deadline in order for your proposal to be reviewed in the current round. When your proposal has been successfully submitted, it will show up in the "Open proposals" list (it may take several minutes for the list to update after you submit it). Applications that are not completely filled out and correctly submitted by the deadline will not be reviewed. To submit your proposal, you must complete all fields of the application and then:

1. Click on "edit source"
2. Change "|status=DRAFT" to "|status=PROPOSED"
3. Click the "Publish changes" button.

Thank you,

--MCasoValdes (WMF) (talk) 02:21, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Eligibility confirmed, Round 1 2021 - Community Organizing proposal[edit]

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--Marti (WMF) (talk) 07:20, 21 February 2021 (UTC)

Aggregated feedback from the committee for Creating Online training resources for Telugu 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 creation of learning material is a good way to spread Wikimedia mission in all projects.
  • The training material is essential to support newcomers and it seems aligned with the 2030 strategy.
  • Grantee wrote "Creating a methodology for replicating this project". We cannot be sure in advance that the methodology is successful and applicable in other cases
  • Providing needed resources for leading to more engagement and understanding of the Wikimedia projects and communities is directly connected to the strategic priorities of the movement, particularly around equity. The end-product has the potential of becoming a "public-good support", as resources are generalist, thus may be re-used in different contexts.
  • Seems a lack of ways to measure the project effectiveness and how it will improve teaching during the grant execution. I see a potential to reuse material in the future, but while the grant execution I feel a lack of interest to measure the success and the develop training with material created. I didn't read about use (or reuse) some existing material to avoid create everything from zero.
  • We cannot be sure in advance that the methodology is successful and applicable in other cases
  • An understanding of what resources already exist and could be adapted or re-used is missing from the proposal. Stronger affiliates have invested a lot of time, energy and money to create resources that could be easily remixed for the context of the proposal without the need of re-creating material. This would reduce tremendously the risk that is inherent to this project. A detailed plan is also missing, as there is no understanding of metrics, expected outcomes, strategy for each one of the resources that are being considered. Without this information it is hard to understand how resources that will be created will actually have an impact on the context that is provided to justify the investment.
  • The participants has enough knowledge about Wikimedia movement. I see a budget well balanced but unclear about some items (such as laptop and computer and costs to create material). The roles and responsibilities are clear.
  • I generally support that the budget is shown in local currency but I strongly support all future grantee to add a column for the dollar amount. Budet is not realistic and clear. It is unclear what will be done with the equipment and software after the project (Including Laptop). Does something form budget can be done with the help of volunteers?
  • It would be interesting to know the the team has the relevant experience to create the videos
  • On the one hand, the project is led by committed Wikimedians, who have diligently served the movement. On the other hand, it is unclear whether or not participants have engaged with equivalent projects before. The movement has been very good in building resources, and I recommend participants to connect with affiliates and the WMF that have already worked so much on creating resources.
  • Local Wikimedia community and Wikipedia project is absent from endorsements. The community engagement seems aligned with project needings.
  • There is no clear community support. Grantee just informed community on Village pump but there is no discussions.
  • There is no endorsement by members of the Telugu community.
  • Creating training material is a good way to invest time and resources to train new Wikimedians (or Wikipedian). I see a lack of metrics and how measure it during the project execution. The budget is unclear in some items. I see a minor interest from online community to adopt these material.
  • Interesting project and I have appreciated the idea to support other indian languages.
  • budget reduction, clearer discussion and community attitude about the desire to participate in the project.
  • It is not clear from the proposal how the series of training mentioned in the proposal would ne conducted. It is not clear how they plan to evaluate the impact of the training and the planned training resources and there is no strategy on how to follow up with the trainee after the event.
  • I strongly support the creation of resources for Telugu Wikipedia, as this addresses questions of knowledge equity. Yet, the proposal as is does not provide enough information on a plan to assess risk, impact metrics, goals for these resources. Moreover, the idea that we need to ** create ** resources is not justified. I suspect we could just ** remix ** already existing resources into the context of Telugu Wikipedia. More work in planning and envisioning the project is needed. Budget should be reduced, as this is at this point a high risk project and this risk --coming from an iterative proposal-- is not necessarily sound.

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This proposal has been recommended for due diligence review.

The Project Grants Committee has conducted a preliminary assessment of your proposal and recommended it for due diligence review. This means that a majority of the committee reviewers favorably assessed this proposal and have requested further investigation by Wikimedia Foundation staff.

Next steps:

  1. Aggregated committee comments from the committee are posted above. Note that these comments may vary, or even contradict each other, since they reflect the conclusions of multiple individual committee members who independently reviewed this proposal. We recommend that you review all the feedback and post any responses, clarifications or questions on this talk page.
  2. Following due diligence review, a final funding decision will be announced on Friday, April 22, 2021.

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Response to committee comments[edit]

Marti (WMF) (talk) 05:49, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Thanks for reviewing the project and providing valuable comments. Following are some clarifications for some comments and changes we made:
  • We have added our evaluation plan in Evaluation and Scaling out under the sub-section activities, added our goal where we aimed "Every material to pass through Primary revision, feedback considered revision and a final revision." Introduced metrics "Number of users participated in evaluation process" and "Number of iterations or versions that were produced or improved" accordingly.
  • We inteded "priliminary phase" (which is from Feb-June 2021) to be research phase where we are mapping existing help content and training materials. We now clarified this in "Preliminary Period (February–June 2021)" under the Sub-section Activities.
  • We reviewed budget and also added clarification about how we intended to use the equipment during and after the project period.
  • This project idea was discussed and developed in Telugu Wikipedia village pump where some active Wikimedians provided suggestions and endorsed the project enthusiastically during December 2020. We updated those details and links in the section "Community Notification". While we are mapping the help pages in Telugu Wikipedia and finding out gaps & issues in project sub page, one of the active wikipedians who is not part of this team is contributing to the activity by providing feedback. I hope this can be taken as a sign of interest from community. Unfortunately we missed providing the links where discussion happened earlier. We tried to fix it now.
Please let us know if there is anything else. Here is the revision in which I made all of the changes to the page after committee provided the comments. --Pavan santhosh.s (talk) 17:52, 7 April 2021 (UTC)