Hello, Wikimedians,

As part of the proposal review for the annual plan grants program, the staff
 proposal assessments have now  been posted on Meta for all proposals in
2014-2015 Round 2. The proposal assessments are each linked to from the
"Proposals" page for this round. [1]

As background, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations
to the Board of Trustees about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds in the
form of annual plan grants to support organizations overall annual plan to
achieve mission objectives. Visit the Annual Plan Grants (APG) portal on
Meta for more information about the committee and the process. [2]

These staff proposal assessments are an input into the FDC's decision-making
process. With this round's assessments, the FDC staff have included a more
detailed explanation of our methodology. The form was refined after the
first two years of the FDC process, consists of three parts: (1) Overview,
including a financial summary and a summary of strengths and concerns; (2)
Staff proposal assessment narrative, including a nuanced analysis of the
programs, context, and the feasibility of each plan; and (3) Staff proposal
assessment rubric, assessing each proposal across three dimensions by
identifying areas of strength and concern. More about the rubric is here.

The assessments reflect the work of FDC staff who read the proposals, review
past and current reports, receive internal input from WMF finance,
education, learning and evaluation, legal, and community resources teams,
and consider a portfolio view across all proposals in this round. These
assessments do not reflect the analysis or views of the FDC or any of its
individual members.

What's next:  The FDC will meet from 12 May to 14 May in Berlin to deliberate
on these proposals, and will consider these staff proposal assessments along
with other inputs into the FDC process. For more information about the
purpose of these assessments and how they fit into the FDC process overall,
see the FDC's Framework. [4] They will make their recommendations to the
Board of Trustees of the WMF on 1 June 2015, and the Board will make its
decision about these recommendations by 1 July 2015. For more about the
upcoming milestones, please visit the APG calendar. [5]

We welcome discussion about individual assessments on the discussion page
of each assessment, or discussion about the process overall on
the portal. [6] We also thank all the organizations who have applied for
funding this round, for their proposals and annual plans.

Katy Love

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Calendar
[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Comments
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