Community Insights/Annual surveys

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The Community Insights SurveyEdit

The Community Insights Survey is conducted annually to help the Wikimedia Foundation learn how to better support you, both on- and off-wiki. For the 2019 survey, we are asking questions to help track our progress toward the Wikimedia Foundation's Medium Term Plan.

We're interested in how we can better support our communities, especially concerning the Wikimedia community's experience with safety and inclusion in online and offline spaces, experience with Wikimedia's technical infrastructure, and resources and support available for project organizers and affiliates. The information gathered in this survey helps the Foundation evaluate and strengthen its programs and strategies.

Some of the questions you might see could be about:

  • The online and offline activities you participate (or would like to participate) in.
  • Your satisfaction with the technical tools you use.
  • Your experience with collaboration, communication, and respectful interaction in the movement.
  • Your preferences for communicating about movement activities.
  • Your awareness of as well as opinions about various Wikimedia programs.
  • General demographic information such as where you live or the languages you speak.


Month 2019 Survey Status
April - May Survey shortened and aligned to relevant Medium Term Plan goals Completed
June Survey Review Completed
July-August Survey Translation Completed
August Translation Review, Sample Pull Finalized Completed
September-October Survey is Live   In progress...
November-December Survey Data is Analyzed
January Survey results reported back to community and Foundation staff


This survey is managed and conducted by the Learning and Evaluation team, with input from across the Wikimedia Foundation. The information is used to help other teams at the Foundation plan their projects with a better understanding of (1) community needs and feedback about Foundation projects, programs and services; and (2) ongoing outcomes and impacts of the Foundation's projects, programs and services.

Phase 1: Survey DevelopmentEdit

The 2019 Community Insights Survey is intended to more closely measure outcomes associated with the Wikimedia Foundation's Medium Term Plan. It is also intended to take less time to complete. In the first phase, the Learning and Evaluation team adapted the existing survey toward these goals.

Phase 2: Refining, finalizing, and translating questionsEdit

In the second phase, questions were improved, refined and scoped with input from across the Wikimedia Foundation.

Phase 3: Data collectionEdit

This phase, which will last from 1 September 2019 to 31 October 2019, will have the survey go "live," or open for anyone to complete it. Members of the Wikimedia community may see a link to the survey in an email, on their talk page, in a banner on central notice, or in a mass message.

Phase 4: Analysis & ReportingEdit

The data will be analyzed and reports will be prepared tailored to help inform the work of different Wikimedia Foundation teams. A full report of the findings will be available on meta-wiki.

Phase 5: EvaluationEdit

When planning for the next year's Community Insights Survey, the Learning and Evaluation team will gather feedback from Wikimedia Foundation teams and the community about changes they would like to see in the future.

Questions or Feedback?Edit

Let us know on the talk page or by emailing