Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Grants Program Retrospective 2009-2012 published

2013-03-21 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

I left some comments on talk. Two small things that struck me are the 
usage of HDI (first time for WMF?) and the fact that some 
recommendation(s) mirror best practices for chapters and can be useful 
for everyone.

Samuel Klein, 15/03/2013 05:02:

After reading this more thoroughly:  I am deeply impressed.  This sort
of review should be carried out for all major ongoing projects.

For instance, it could be useful to have a similar retrospective on
major technical features that have been implemented or formally
requested by large Wikimedia wikis over the past 4 years -- and those
that have been developed by the WMF and either implemented or not
(depending on how they were received).   I realized recently that many
developers believe their work's implementation, and what it is
possible for them to accomplish, is governed by whether the community
likes it or not.  Meanwhile many community members feel they have no
control over what features are developed or prioritized.  An
independent review could help demystify that cycle.

I've no idea what such a review could consist of, but maybe it's one 
more reason to try? (We don't know what we're losing by not doing it.)


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-21 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

ENWP Pine, 21/03/2013 05:48:

I'd also suggest that people read the report about
projects that encountered significant problems at
WMF, particularly the IEP,

I suppose the past tense here means that should be tagged 
{{historical}} rather than {{draft}}?

and a more recent example
is the mixed reception to AFT5. I hope that program
managers at WMF learn both good practices and what
to avoid. I also hope that WMF ties program metrics
to evaluations for the responsible supervisors when
considering whether to continue or renew
employment contracts, as well as when
considering promotions.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Tomorrow: Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-21 Thread LiAnna Davis
Just a reminder, this is starting in 5 minutes!

On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM, Frank Schulenburg wrote:

 Hi folks,

 Tomorrow at 17:00 UTC, I will be holding an office hour about program
 evaluation on #wikimedia-office. The target audience for this office
 hour will be chapter representatives and volunteers who are currently
 running (or planning to run) programs and programmatic activities.
 You'll find some background information about why program evaluation
 might be worth talking about in my most recent blog post on the
 Foundation's blog:

 As we all know, most office hours follow a certain rule: there's one
 poor staffer who is getting grilled by the people on the IRC channel –
 people ask a variety of questions and the staff person tries to answer
 every question in a limited amount of time. It's a lot of fun (I
 guess, at least for the people who're asking the questions) and it has
 been a good way of direct communication between WMF employees and the

 Now, this office hour will be different. Not that I don't enjoy being
 grilled for one hour :-) I've done IRC office hours several times
 before and I always enjoyed answering questions. The reason for this
 office hour to be different is that I want to _listen to you in the
 first place_. I would like to learn more about

 * _your_ thoughts about why evaluation might be important
 * _your_ experiences with making evaluation a part of program design
 * _your_ hopes and fears when it comes to increasingly evaluating
 programs and programmatic activities in the future
 * _your_ ideas and feedback on evaluation practices

 Ideally, we would have some people in the room tomorrow who have done
 some kind evaluation in the past or who are planning to embark on
 evaluation work in the near future. With that said – if you have no
 idea about what program evaluation is and you'd like to learn more
 about it, you're invited as well! Or maybe you're just curious to see
 if this office hour inside out is going to play out well ;-)

 I'm looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at 17:00 UTC,


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