User:AKoval (WMF)/WEP data collection campaign project planning sandbox

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Dear Colleagues,

Wikipedia is being used as a teaching tool in education around the world in more than 80 countries worldwide. We know that these education programs exist, but in some cases, we know little more than that.

Therefore, as we conclude 2015 and as we welcome 2016, we wish to recalculate our collective impact. We are collecting historical data from all education programs to update our collective narrative and to communicate our contributions to the Wikimedia Movement.

This campaign will include each and every country that has participated in the Wikipedia Education Program ever. That is exactly what we intend to do. That's our commitment.[1]

Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your education program's historical data. We promise you that the outcome of this process -- showcasing and celebrating the collected results of our work -- will be awesome! :)

Yours sincerely, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:25, 28 December 2015 (UTC)


Wikipedia Education Program 2015 global historical data collection campaign


The big hairy audacious goal of this project is to get as close as we can to a full, clear picture of what has happened with Wikimedia projects in education up to now in order to tell the story of the success of Wikipedia Education Programs worldwide so that participants can feel more connected within the global context.

  • Participants will contribute to a global historical data collection campaign.
  • Participants will gain a comprehensive data set by which to compare programs worldwide.
  • Participants will learn that reporting local program data is valuable to the global program and the movement.


Why are we doing this? Within the Wikimedia Movement, measurement and evaluation of impact matters[2], and reflection upon and learning about process matters.[3] Yet, there has never been a comprehensive collection of historical education program data of this scope and scale.

For an education program session at Wikimania 2015[4], 16 education program leaders[5] shared great data about their programs.[6] When tallied[7] and formatted[8] (see slides 15-30), the collective impact of that data is impressive. [9] [10] But that was only a small part of the big picture.

While there are plans[11] to develop tools that would automate the collection of some of this information. For example, an internationalized multi-language, multi-project dashboard along the lines of what the Wiki Education Foundation developed.[12] However, that dashboard only counts current contributions. It cannot count backward and collect historical data. Therefore, this process must be done manually.

The world needs to know how widespread the Wikipedia Education Program is and the full scope of the work we are doing worldwide. Plus, as we say on Wikipedia, {{citation needed}}. :)


This purpose of this data collection campaign is fourfold: documentation, standardization, analysis, and synthesis.


This data will help to document the education program's impact on Wikimedia projects.

We will be able to update Education/Dashboard and/or replace it a page like Education/Statistics. We will be able to update and/or replace Template:Education/Navigation with a page like Template:Education/Navigation2.

We will be able to develop a page like Education/Programs and/or Education/Program options, sourced from the draft list at Talk:Education/Program options. We will be able to develop the applicable subpages: Education/Levels, Education/Institutions, Education/Government Partnerships, Education/Teacher Training, Education/WikiCamps, Education/WikiClubs, Education/WikiExpeditions, Education/MOOCs, and Education/OER.

We will be able to complete the categorization of education portal pages by academic level: Outreach:Category:Wikipedia Education Program by country, Outreach:Category:Universities, Outreach:Category:Secondary Schools, Outreach:Category:Primary Schools, Outreach:Category:Teacher training, Outreach:Category:Seniors.

This data and these updates will improve the education portal. Information about who is doing what where will be easier to locate and learn from.


This data will help to standardize what data is collected and how data is presented, since both vary greatly from program to program. For example, compare the various data documentation from these programs: Argentina, Armenia, Estonia, México's Tec de Monterrey, México's UNAM, and Serbia.


This data will allow for in-depth analysis and a better understanding of the reach of our work, our collective results, and our shared impact.


This data will allow for synthesis across programming landscapes -- local, regional, global.


This data will allow us to update our collective narrative, to communicate our contributions to the Wikimedia Movement, and to tell the story of the success of Wikimedia Education Programs worldwide.


Please add your name to the list of participants below by signing with ~~~~. Thank you. :)

  1. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:25, 28 December 2015 (UTC)


The estimated timeline for this campaign is as follows:

  • Q1: September 2015: WEP team initiates data collection effort
  • Q2: December 2015: Education program leaders receive data collection request
  • Q3 January 2016: Education program leaders share historical program data on wiki
  • Q3: February 2016: L&E assists WEP team to analyze the data, present the data, and to incorporate feedback
  • Q3: March 2016: WEP announces results on the WMF blog, the education newsletter, the education-l mailing list, the WikipediaEducationProgram Facebook group, and a virtual panel (a live-streamed and recorded Google Hangout on Air)
  • Q4: April to June 2016: WEP, in consultation with L&E, systematizes future data collection efforts


coming soon!


SEE ALSO[edit]



Thanks to all who have provided ideas and input on this draft: