Hello, Pine:

Thanks for taking a look and offering your ideas!

The Learning Center is based on a set of recommendations from the TCC Group
to help get us started, so organizations taking the tool for the first time
had somewhere to go with their results. The idea is that we can work
together to develop it over time and make it more useful to Wikimedia
organizations. It's not yet clear how useful the learning center could be,
or how people want to use it. I would also like this to include better
integration with learning patterns, which is why we added a placeholder for
that and considered OE as part of the category structure for the learning

If this is something you're interested in developing more, I'd certainly
welcome your help getting things better integrated with the learning
pattern library, since I know you are very familiar with the category
structure. For now, I'm most interested in talking more with Wikimedia
organizations at the upcoming meetings in Berlin first to find out if the
learning center is even a useful idea at all and how we may want to improve
it moving forward before anyone invests a lot more time in curation up
front. What do you think?



On Sat, May 9, 2015 at 4:45 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Winifred,
> Thanks for this info. It looks to me like the information in the Learning
> Center could be integrated into the more Learning Patterns Library with the
> category "Organizational effectiveness". Is this integration planned, or
> are there reasons to keep the Learning Center separate from the Learning
> Patterns Library?
> Thanks,
> Pine
> Pine
> On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 6:58 PM, Winifred Olliff <woll...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>> Greetings, Wikimedia colleagues!
>> In November 2014, we launched a pilot self-assessment tool for Wikimedia
>> organizations to help us identify areas where we as Wikimedia
>> organizations
>> might leverage our strengths and address our challenges to achieve better
>> results. We have some aggregate data available from organizations that
>> took
>> the questionnaire.
>> To learn more about organizational effectiveness:
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness
>> Review the benchmarking research here:
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Benchmarking
>> Read the case studies here:
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Case_studies
>> Review the results from the tool here:
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Tool/Results/2014/December
>> *A little background on organizational effectiveness*
>> We are looking at how organizations are achieving impact in the Wikimedia
>> movement. Organizational effectiveness includes all the things that make
>> an
>> organization good at what it does, from strong leadership and systems, to
>> how an organization chooses and does programs that lead to results.
>> Through
>> this lens, we are looking specifically at groups and organizations, so we
>> can understand how volunteers and staff work together when they are part
>> of
>> a group or organization.
>> *Why we care*
>> Improving organizational effectiveness is a way for Wikimedia
>> organizations
>> to achieve results, in ways that make sense in their local contexts.
>> *The tool and the results, in brief*
>> We are exploring this topic of organizational effectiveness in order to
>> launch a broader conversation among Wikimedia organizations (e.g.
>> Chapters,
>> User Groups) to explore areas for building capacity. We have started by
>> doing some initial benchmarking research and case studies to understand
>> how
>> effectiveness is understood within Wikimedia and similar movements, and we
>> launched a pilot organizational effectiveness self-assessment tool, to
>> help
>> organizations identify their strengths and challenges in November 2014.
>> This tool includes a questionnaire that is part of a self-assessment.
>> While individual and organization results are kept confidential, our
>> partners at the TCC Group provided us with some aggregate data based on
>> the
>> first round of answers to the questionnaire that is a part of the tool.
>> The
>> primary purpose of the questionnaire is to aid organizations in their
>> self-assessments, and not to gather data about organizations; however, the
>> data the TCC Group collected may be useful in launching further
>> conversations because it highlights where Wikimedia organizations see
>> their
>> own strengths and challenges.
>> *Next steps for organizational effectiveness for Wikimedia organizations*
>> We are hosting a discussion about the organizational effectiveness tool
>> for
>> Wikimedia organizations at the upcoming Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
>> and
>> will also continue a discussion there about the future of organizational
>> effectiveness for Wikimedia organizations. Topics to explore within
>> organizational effectiveness might include areas like volunteer
>> engagement,
>> raising funds and other resources, supporting online contributors, media
>> relations, financial management, governance, etc.
>> *Key questions:*
>> *What future work are we interested in doing together around
>> organizational
>> effectiveness?
>> *Is a self-assessment tool useful for organizations? Should we gather
>> feedback and work toward improving the tool, or try another approach? Does
>> the tool need to remain confidential?
>> *Are there specific topics in the area of organizational effectiveness
>> that
>> need more exploration? Are there areas where we need more resources?
>> *Is there anything important revealed by this research or the results of
>> the questionnaire that we can use to better understand how we can grow?
>> *Call to action:*
>> Please offer your feedback, thoughts, and questions on Meta, or
>> participate
>> in the upcoming discussions at the Wikimedia Conference. If you are
>> interested in discussing this work, or becoming more involved, but are
>> unable to attend the session at the conference, we are happy to convene a
>> hangout or an IRC office hours. Please also feel welcome to contact me
>> directly if you have ideas about this work, or add your ideas to Meta.
>> Many thanks to our colleagues Marieke Spence, Rika Gorn, and Deepti Sood,
>> at the TCC Group (a consulting firm that specializes in organizational
>> assessments), who created the tool and analyzed the results. Many thanks
>> to
>> the volunteers and staff who participated, and have provided feedback so
>> far. Thanks especially to those organizations participating in the pilot
>> group, the case studies, and in the ongoing conversations about
>> organizational development and effectiveness at Wikimania and other
>> movement events.
>> We look forward to more work together in this area!
>> Best regards,
>> Winifred Olliff
>> --
>> Winifred Olliff
>> Program Officer
>> Wikimedia Foundation
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