Program guides/Edit-a-thons

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Example Goals: Choose 1 to 3[edit]

The top program goals for editathons from the Evaluation Reports beta
  • Increasing contributions
  • Increasing skills for editing/contributing
  • Recruitment of new editors/contributors
  • Increasing positive perceptions of Wikimedia


  • Total # of participants
  • # of female participants
  • # of return participants
  • # of new users
  • # of articles created or improved
  • # of good and featured articles created or improved
  • # of participants editing X months after the event
  • # of participants who are active editors (5 edits/month) X months after an event

(Learn more about Global metrics and see a checklist for gathering event metrics)


  • Wikimetrics: Tracks user contributions at different points in time. Remember to collect participant usernames!
  • Wikimetrics Training: Wikimetrics learning module.
  • Survey Resources: Survey resources, including a training module for the Qualtrics survey software.
  • Logic Model: A visual representation of an editing program. A Logic Model includes what you put into your program (resource inputs), what you do (program activities and participation), and what you plan to achieve (program outputs and resulting outcomes).
  • TreeViews: This page explains how to calculate monthly view statistics for a list of pages.

How-to Guides[edit]

Learning Patterns[edit]

Learning patterns are created by volunteers and based on experience and evidence. They're short and helpful resources you can use when planning your event.

  • Afterparty tells you why it's important to have a post-event get together to celebrate your achievements.
  • Cookies by the exit reminds you to the importance of surveying participants to see what you can do better next time.
  • Fostering affinity groups is important, so women can feel comfortable contributing to Wikipedia together without an worries.
  • Organizing childcare during a Wikimedia Event
  • Icebreaker explains why it's important to have everyone get to know each other at the start of your event.
  • Informal venue discusses how you can have a successful event anywhere, whether it's a coffee shop or a casual environment without formal planning.
  • Let the media know provides easy ways to promote your event so more people hear about it.
  • Mix newcomers and veterans discusses why it's important to have newbies and experienced editors together at an event.
  • Photographic evidence explains why it's important to take photographs!
  • Repeat events: Don't just have one event and never have another — have multiple to attract more regular editors and help sustain contributors to Wikipedia.
  • Safe space policies are used to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time at your event.
  • Six account limit: Did you know you can only make six new accounts via one IP at a time? So if your event has lots of new potential editors who don't have accounts, here's how you can make new accounts without worry.

Recent Grants[edit]

Recent Reports[edit]