Movement communications insights

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The Movement Strategy recommendations published this year made clear the importance of establishing stronger communications within our movement.

To this end, the Foundation wants to gather insights from communities on ways we all might more consistently communicate about our collective work, and better highlight community contributions from across the movement. Over the coming months, we will be running focus groups and online discussions to collect these insights. Individual focus groups will include 10–15 volunteers who will be asked to share insights on specific questions as part of a facilitated discussion.

Upcoming dates[edit]

Dates may be subject to change.

  • Now–January 2021: Online discussions happening on the talk page.
  • Mid-December 2020–early January 2021: Focus group scheduling. Participants will receive the date and time of their focus group, along with all required information to participate, in advance.
  • January 2021: Focus groups throughout the month.

Get involved[edit]

How can we best communicate with your community on an ongoing basis? In what ways does the Foundation currently support your work? We ask you to share your thoughts on these and other questions by signing up for a focus group or participating in the discussion here on Meta-Wiki.

We would like to collect feedback from across the movement, representing a wide range of insights and opinions. We will be working to build as many focus groups as possible, but want to be upfront that we may face limitations on the number of groups we can convene based on the level of interest. However, if you would like to discuss your thoughts in detail, we are also offering the chance to connect with the Communications team in other ways, including individual and group meetings and office hours.

Initial discussions are happening now through January 2021. We invite you to join the conversation, and look forward to working together to explore some important questions.

Focus groups[edit]

Focus groups will bring together community members representing different regions, interests and areas of expertise to discuss their objectives, the obstacles they face, and the ways in which more consistent and comprehensive communications could support their work. Each group will be made up of 10–15 community members, and will last for 90 minutes. Each participant will receive a short list of questions to consider in preparation for the focus group.

Those interested in participating in a focus group should complete the participant survey by the end of Wednesday, 2 December.

Participants selected for focus groups will be able to apply for funds to cover their attendance.

Meta discussion[edit]

Join the conversation on the talk page, in any language.

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Office hours[edit]

Members of the Communications department will be holding office hours to discuss ideas and answer any questions.

The first office hour will be held in English at the following time, with additional times in other languages to be determined based on level of interest. Recordings will be made available after.

Schedule a meeting[edit]

Want to discuss communications between the communities and the Foundation in detail? Schedule an individual or group meeting with a member of the Communications department by emailing movementcomms(_AT_)wikimedia.org, or leaving a message on the talk page.

What happens next?[edit]

The insights gathered will be turned into a report that will be published for review by communities before being finalized. The final report, along with ongoing discussions and opportunities for input, will be used to inform how communications might be used to build greater understanding of movement work.

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