Grants talk:Project/Rapid/Wikipedia Connection/Semester Funding for Workshops and Events in Fall 2017

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Questions and remarks from WMF[edit]

Hello LilNors and thank you for putting up this grant request. It is great to see that the spirit of the Wikipedia Conncetion at OSU continues to be strong and see you plan for the next few months in the continued line of the great achievements of your group. First let me wish the best to the graduating members and welcome to the new :). On this grant request, I have some questions:

  • Your total number of participants listed in the impact section is 40. It seems that through the various activities that you do, you might achieve more, so I'm wondering if you're maybe counting only "unique" participants? If that is the case, it'd be great if you could add this to the number listed under impact so figures are consistent througout the form.
  • You have no numbers listed for photos and photos used. That's all ok if indeed that is the case, but could you please add something like "not applicable for this grant" if this is the case. Just making sure that you did not forget to fill these in.
  • Some of your activities don't have targets defined (outreach at fair, classroom supported). Giving targets a good think is a great way to make sure to plan your events better, so if you can add some targets on these (these can vary from "we'll reach two classes, to "we'll distribute X leaflets and have conversations at the booth with X people) it would be great. Note that targets are really for you to think about what it is you're trying to reach with the events, and they help you and other people coming after you to plan better for all events.
  • Could you tell us just a tad more about the partnership with the Polar institute at OSU? This sounds super interesting and I find the topic of Climate Change to be a very compelling one to focus on, so I think it would benefit others to see what you're planning in theis partnership.
  • I want to commend the work you've done so far and your success and can tell you that there will be no problem funding this request as soon as you have found time to revisit the few points above. It is inspiring to see the work you have been doing and the dedication of your group!

Best, Delphine (WMF) (talk) 13:43, 27 July 2017 (UTC)[]

Another thing I wanted to point out. In the report from your last grant, Superhamster pointed out that the weekly workshops seemed to drain less people with time. From experience, I think that there are two ways of how workshops may work. One is to have workshops for new editors all the time and give everyone the basic skills for editing that they need. If you want to track how people continue to edit after the workshops, you might consider the use of hashtags to track their edits (like what's being used for 1lib1ref). The second is to have very clearly defined topics for your workshops (templates, infoboxes, lead paragraph of an article... whatever), and maybe alternate for new editors and intermediate and advanced editors. Or maybe have a mix of both. Just an idea :) Delphine (WMF) (talk) 13:48, 27 July 2017 (UTC)[]

Grant request approved[edit]

Dear LilNors, IronSphere97 and Blervis thank you for adding all the info you did following my questions above. This grant is hereby approved for a total of $1,135.00. Since you have funds remaining from the previous grant, the total amount transferred will be $767.33. Morgan will be getting back to you to update your administrative contacts (I suppose some of the contacts have changed?). I am looking forward to your report in a few months! Best, Delphine (WMF) (talk) 09:16, 28 July 2017 (UTC)[]