Hi Winifed,

Let's talk in Berlin. See you soon! (:

On May 11, 2015 8:53 AM, "Winifred Olliff" <woll...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> 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
> patterns.
> 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?
> Cheers,
> Winifred
> 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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