Asia site visit training

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A snapshot of Wikimedia education activities in Asia:
a report from the 2017 site visit to Nepal, India, and Taiwan

The training for Wikimedians in each country followed a similar outline to the one below with adjustments for the amount of time and capacity of the venue.

Education Program Planning and Evaluation Workshop

Overview: This workshop prepares program leaders to be able to plan and evaluate education programs with clear outputs, outcomes, and high level impact. It will be a hands on workshop with active participation. We will go through a problem analysis activity that will lead us into outlining our outputs, outcomes, and a vision statement for our project.

Time needed: Minimum 2 hours

At the end of this workshop participants will know:

  • Why we need to plan strategically for impact in Wikipedia Education Programs
  • Why we need to communicate our impact to the wider Wikimedia community

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Complete a problem tree analysis for any project
  • Complete an objective tree analysis for any project

Resources: Laptop Projector Whiteboard or large pieces of paper Small note cards or small pieces of paper markers/pens Logical framework template

Problem Tree Analysis

Ice breaker Warm up/ice breaker of your choice link 5 minutes
Problem brainstorm activity
Depending on the number and background of participants you can differentiate by organizing people into groups or letting people do this activity individually
  1. give all of the participants note paper
  2. Ask them to think of:
  • the problems that exist in education in their context
  • The problems that exist in their Wikimedia community
  • Problems existing in currently running Wikipedia education programs
  1. Ask participants to write one problem on one piece of notepaper (fill the paper)
  • differentiate this activity based on your needs. If you already have a large scale education program running, think only of the problems you are facing in your program. If you want to start a new program, or don’t have one yet, brainstorm the first two questions.
link 20 minutes
Sharing Share the problems out loud as a group, see if any are mentioned more than once or can be linked together. Then distribute the cards again to pairs or groups. link 10 minutes
Root causes activity In pairs or groups (or even individually or as a large group, depending on # of participants and preferences of the group) on the back of each card, brainstorm the root causes of the problem(s) that have been assigned to your group. [1] link 20 minutes
Effects activity Change cards with the other group (adjust this based on how you organized the previous activity). The group should read the root causes on the back of their new cards and on the front of the cards brainstorm and write down what they think are the effects of these problems. Not only low level effects, but also societal level effects.[2] link 20 minutes
Draw your problem tree Use the cards to create a “problem tree” (see example). This activity can be adjusted to accommodate timing, space and available resources. link 20 minutes

Objective Tree Analysis

Objective brainstorm activity On a new piece of paper, create the trunk of an “objective tree.” Show how the problems from our previous tree get turned into objectives. link 5 minutes
Create your objective tree Work in groups (adjust this based on your needs) to produce an objective tree where the problems become objectives, the roots become activities, and the effects become outcomes. (see example) link 30 minutes
Sharing Let each group share their trees. Discuss in depth the reasons for their choices. Make suggestions for improvements. link 20 minutes