Global Data and Insights Team/Movement Data/Equity Landscape/Pilot & Consultation/Plan

To ensure shared expectations for the pilot and consultation we share the following information explicitly about how input will be gathered, analyzed, and applied to the next steps of the project and tooling design.

The Input In February and March we launched a multi-part pilot and consultation with community stakeholders on the design of a tool to aide in understanding the geographic diversity, equity, & inclusion across the Wikimedia movement ecosystem. We are currently in planning to continue and expand pilot testing and consultation.

Click here to read about the input we are seeking and opportunities and expectations for becoming involved
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Who decides the final outcome?

The Global Data & Insights (GDI) team will take all input into consideration in the next steps of designing the metrics, optimizing the dashboard for the specific use cases, and expanding the metrics further. We attend to recommendations as best we can within the constraints of the scope of the current project.
What is the timeline for the community input period?

February - Open
How can you participate?
Applicable use cases who are selected and agree to sign an NDA can participate in this consultation.

A small group of external use cases will be selected to participate in piloting the dashboard and metrics following their communication of intent on the talk page. Should there be more eligible participants than room in the pilot, selection will be first-come, first-served, based on meeting the eligibility requirements of:

  1. having an applicable use case during the pilot period,
  2. having availability to engage during the pilot period, and
  3. agreeing to sign an data non-disclosure agreement for early data access.

All stakeholders associated with the target use cases are also invited to:

  • Review the high-level or detailed project documentation available.
  • Input to discussion prompts on meta.
  • Follow our meta page for updates as we work to integrate input where appropriate.
Where can you participate?
You can follow the page or directly sign-up on our Talk Page to become more involved in the upcoming pilot and consultation period. There will be two ways to participate:
  • Public consultation along specific input prompts via meta talk page sharing.
  • Pilot sessions, accessible via group video call, for enrolled use case participants.
What are the rules of engagement?
We are dedicated to providing a respectful, transparent, and harassment-free experience in our Meta-wiki namespace for everyone. Wikimedia Foundation teams and projects follow specific processes with specific goals. These expectations are needed to ensure a pleasant environment for focused discussions where contributors engage respectfully.

Civility and assuming good faith are core principles of the Wikimedia movement. We realize most people want to help the projects and fellow community members, not hurt them. Remember that most of us are volunteers and need to be appreciated for the time and effort we put into improving the Wikimedia projects.

We expect you to consider the following when engaging in discussion:

  1. Context and background: Do I have a basic understanding of the context and background of the discussion? Have I made sure to educate myself before asking others to explain things to me?
  2. Cultural differences: Am I being sensitive to cultural differences and language barriers?
  3. Experience: Am I considering and not making assumptions about a person’s level of experience (with the Wikimedia movement, the project, data skills, etc.)?
  4. Support: Am I framing my comments/questions in a supportive, concise and constructive way, offering suggestions for improvement?
  5. Impact focus: Are my questions focused on the impact of the project proposal or am I overly focused on minor details?

Once you have considered these points, please feel free to participate in the discussion.

We do not tolerate harassment of contributors in any form. Harassment includes:

  • offensive comments related to gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, or religion
  • violence, threats of violence, deliberate intimidation and personal attacks
  • stalking, following, or continued one-on-one communications after being asked to cease
  • sustained disruption of discussion
  • deliberate “outing” and/or doxing of any person’s identity without their consent
  • publication of non-harassing private communication

If you have concerns about the way you or others are being treated, please contact Jaime Anstee of the Wikimedia Foundation Global Data & Insights team immediately at janstee{at}

Comments that violate these expectations will be hidden or removed. Violaters will be asked to stop any harassing behavior and are expected to comply immediately. Contributors to this pilot consultation namespace violating these expectations should be warned by participants, and the issue may be escalated to appropriate community channels.

We expect everyone contributing to the Pilot consultation namespace, including Wikimedia Foundation staff and contractors as well as community members and other stakeholders inputting, to follow these expectations at all times. We value your contributions and your commitment to keeping our input channels friendly space for everyone.

How can you ask questions about the project and consultation process?
If you have questions about the process or clarification needs about any of the project materials shared, please add them within the appropriate talk page section prompt.
How involved/responsive WMF staff will be during the consultation?
We will be responsive to questions and clarifications on the central talk page daily during working days of the consultation period (February-April 2022) but will not regularly respond to general input, except to ask clarify questions, until synthesis and decisions are made about next steps for reporting back. Importantly, if you need our response, please be sure to post your question to the Q&A section on the central pilot talk page.

The Analysis Community stakeholder input and feedback are a gift and we will do our best to honor your time in bringing as many viewpoints into our synthesis as next steps within the scope of the project in which we are enabled to. Still, there are always limitations and there may be some miss interpretations along the way.

Click here to read more about how your input will be analyzed and applied in determining next steps
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How will the community input be analyzed?
Firstly, all input will be analyzed thematically and by volume/prevalence.

Data will be collaboratively coded by two staff judges as we attempt to take action on all input using the following classification schema for the input:

  • Feedback we can integrate right away for improvement all can agree with
  • Feedback we can integrate but it will take additional time or resourcing
  • Feedback we could integrate but not all are agree to
  • Feedback that is unclear
  • Feedback that does not clearly align to an identified problem space within the scope of the project
  • Feedback that goes against the aim of the project
Who will analyze the community input?

Two staff members of the GDI team will analyze the community input.
Timeframe for analyzing the community input

March - April 2022.
How will the analyzed community input be used to make the decision?
We will attempt to take action on all input with the following limitations:
  • Feedback we can integrate but it will take additional time or resourcing will be considered by the GDI team and brought to our strategic planning processes
  • Feedback we could integrate but lack clear agreement will be set aside for now in our “idea parking lot” while we continue to monitor experiences with the initial dashboard
  • Feedback that is unclear - will be identified and clarifications will be encouraged to ideally recategorize this feedback
  • Feedback that does not clearly align to an identified problem space within the scope of the project will be identified as beyond the scope and set in our “idea parking lot”
  • Feedback that goes against the aim of the project - will be identified as beyond the scope and documented as “challenge points”

The Outcome Our initial pilot and consultation period surfaced useful user experiences and community input to the design considerations, optimizations and adjustments needed for a launch of an initial public dashboard. However, we need to continue testing and gathering input from community use cases and we are working to design expanded opportunities to key engage community stakeholders by additional efforts.

Click here to read more details on the outcome of the consultation and pilot
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How will the outcome be announced??
The process will be the same as the initial recruitment:
  • By updating the meta portal page
  • Posting a diff blog about the outcomes and next steps
  • Sending a follow-up announcement and linking to the diff blog
Where will the outcome be announced?

Here in our meta space, on targetted mailing lists, and social media channels used for recruitment.
When will the outcome be announced?

May - June 2022.
What will the WMF do based on the outcome?

Complete modifications to release an initial public dashboard.

Update May 2022:The release of an initial public dashboard will be delayed to the second half of this calendar year. This delay is for a few reasons:

Firstly, while our first cohort and consultation input so far has been very useful, we simply need additional engagement in the alpha review. We are working to develop additional engagement strategies to host workshops in addition to the NDA pilot path to accessing the data. Secondly, our first pilot cohort shared input about the need for additional technical as well as conversational onboarding support in order for the data to be socialized safely. We are working to identify potential partnerships for the public roll-out and staggered release plans to ensure proper technical and strategic onboarding to the data sense-making conversation. Lastly, as part of the Data as a Service goal of the Technology department, the Equity Landscape project pipeline strategy and initial public dashboard end-point changed to align across the Foundation and our internal planning timeline had to shift some to meet this need.

What are the other pathways for community members to be involved in the pilot and consultation on the project?

Follow the meta page

Sign up to messaging list for updates on releases and potential versioning