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Let’s Connect – Peer Learning Program

Ano an Let's Connect - Peer learning program?

An programa naghahaman nin bukas na espasyo sa pagkakanupd para sa dawa si isay na Wikimedian na parte kan sarong organisadong grupo tangani na maghiras saka/o makanuod nin manlain-lain na kakayahan (organisasyunal/interpersonal/manungod sa grant/ pagkakanuod asin ebalwasyon...) kaiba an ibang pag-iriba tangani na magtau nin importansya asin magtau nin kolektibo sa komunidad. An katuyuhan kaini iyo an magdugang pa nin mga kakayahan, maghiras nin kaaraman asin ipamidbid an koneksyon kan mga tawo asin an pagsusuportahan kan man-iba ibang grupo asin komunidad, na nakarederekta sa Movement Strategy.

Sain gikan an inisyatibong ini?

An Peer Learning program sarong pagsimbag sa kahagadan kan manlain-lain na mga myembros kan komunidad kan nagkaigwa nin proseso nin kosultasyon tangani na ipaluwas an grantmaking strategy, na nagtatau nin duon sa importansya kan suporta apwera pa sa pagpopondo asin an importansya kan paghiras nin kaaraman sa mga nagreresibe kan pondo. Ini nakaderekta man sa Movement Strategy na mga rekomendasyon tangani na mapakaray an mga oportunidad sa pagkakaigwa nin kapasidad sa laog kan movement.

=Para ki isay an Let's Connect?

Nakaderekta ini sa mga Wikimedian sa gabos na rehiyon na parte kan mga organisadong grupo (pwedeng kabali igdi an mga grupo kan indibidwal na dai pormal na organisado, user group, chapter, asin mga organisasyon na igwa nin kaparehas na misyon). An importante, iyo na an mga partisipante naghahanap nin pagkakataon na makahiras nin kaaraman asin makanuod sa iba tangani na mapadagos asin mapatalubo an saindang mga trabaho sa Movement. Pwedeng pareho na sinda nakakaresibe nin pondo gikan sa Wikimedia Funds, o kaya makakaresibe pa sana.

Listahan kan mga criteria:

  1. An mga Wikimedian na parte kan organisadong mga grupo (pwede ining si mga nirekognisar na affiliate o dai). An importanteng bagay na an mga grupo na ini nagpaplano asin nag-iimplementar nin kolektibong trabaho sa Wikimedia tangani na maghiras sa Movement.
  2. An mga Wikimedians dapat na igwa nin parte sa mga organisadong grupo na ini - pwedeng boluntaryo, core team o staff member, o kaya aktibong nakikibali sa paghiras sa organisasyon.
  3. Mga Wikimedian na muya makanuod asin maghiras nin mga kakayahan tangani na makinabang an mas kadakli, bako sana ini para sa pansadiring pagkakanuod.
  4. Mga Wikimedians na muyang makanuod nin mga kakayahan katakod kan organisadong trabaho (pagpaplano, mga pangyayari, asin ebalwasyon).
  5. Mga Wikimedian na muyang makanuod nin mga kakayahan sa wiki na igwa nin katuyuhan na maghaman nin mga espasyo sa pagtutukdo man sa iba (bako sanang maaraman an mga kakayahan na ini sa sadiri ninda)

Bako para ki isay an Let's Connect?

  • Mga indibidwal na Wikimedian na dai kaapil kan dawa anong organisadong grupo o affiliate asin nag-eespwerson na mapatibay an saindang on-wiki na mga kakayahan para sa saindang mga indibidwal na kontribusyon sa mga proyektong Wikimedia.
  • Newcomers na nagpupuon pa sana mag-ambag sa mga proyektong Wikimedia bilang mga indibidwal. An pagkakaigwa nin mga arog kaining kakayahan para sa mga nag-oorganisa asin sa mga affiliate, an Let's Connect mayo nin kakayahan na magtukdo sa mga baguhan nin mga on-Wiki na kakayahan.
  • Mga tawo na dai nag gigibo nin organiser-type na mga trabaho (arog kan pagtukdo sa iba, pagplano nin mga kaganapan, pagsuporta sa organisasyon nin manlain-lain na trabaho).

Tano ta an peer learning an tinututukan?

Slide deck kan pagpamidbid kan Let's Connect
  • An peer learning saro sa dakul na kolaboratibong porma kan pagkakanuod. Iba ini sa sarong pormal na training, kun sain an pagkakaigwa nin bagong kaaraman naka-istruktura asin nasa pormal na porma. An training sarong importanteng paagi sa pagkakanuod para sa Movement, orog sa partikular na kaaraman sa Wiki asin mga taktika sa programa.
  • An peer learning dapat na magkomplemento sa mga espwersong ini, maghaman nin horizontal asin nababagong porma nin pagkakanuod sa mga pag-iriba, mga boluntaryo, mga myembros kan komunidad - mga tawo na igwa nin parehong trabaho asin nahahampang sa parehong mga problema, na tinutulod kan parehong misyon. Makakatau ini nin komportable asin harayo sa peligro na espasyo para sa manlain-lain na kabtang nin pagkakanuod: bako sanan sa pagkakaigwa nin kaaraman, kundi an paghiro susog sa kaaraman, magresibe nin konstruktibong tuyaw, pag-isip kun ano an dapat na manudan, asin gibuhon an prosesong ini na mas konektado asin nakakaugma.
  • An peer learning nakakadagdag nin kakayahan asin abilidad sa paagi nin manlain-lain na porma asin koneksyon. Ini nagtatay man nin padagos, awtonomong proseso susog sa mga pangangaipo asin interes na minabutwa. Saro ining porma nin pagkakanuod sa laog kan Wikimedia movement, na hinaman sa kolaborasyon asin boluntaryong espwerso.

Important note: This program will certainly not address all the capacity-building needs that communities have, however, it may help: 1) Identify and connect communities to other learning and training spaces within the Movement 2) Find ways to prioritise capacity-building investments within Wikimedia Funds investments.

Characteristics of the Program

Culture and Characteristics of the Program

  • Promote a good learning environment and culture
  • Multilingual
  • Adaptable: to the different contexts, regional dynamics, and levels of development of different communities and cultures.
  • Fit into volunteers' availability, workload, needs, and contextual diversity. Not seen as a form of evaluation, a burden, a demand – but a space that is useful and something to look forward to.
  • Focus on what factors determined positive results, but also as importantly, from what didn’t work and where (the unexpected, the mishaps, the “failures”) and what was learned from this. For instance, understanding what may work well in a specific geography, theme, or language, but may not work well in others.
  • Practical and contextualised: relevant topics shared with enough depth to learn from the process itself, with practical insights to understanding how this can be applied to different contexts.
  • Offered in a timely manner: that will fit into the project design, implementation, and evaluation cycles in each region.
  • Interactive: enabling human exchanges and more hands-on experience.
  • Flexible: allowing for multiple topics, formats, and timing.
  • Inclusive: seeking to make visible capacities in communities that are sometimes not visible in more formal training. Also, incorporating support services and timing is needed to reduce barriers to participation. Use of clear and simple language to facilitate understanding and translation.

Different Ways of Participating:

  • As sharers or learners: these are the main participants who will be community members engaging in the spaces to share their knowledge and experiences and learn from others.
  • Let’s Connect Learning Ambassadors: these are community members that would like a role helping to organise learning spaces in their region or around topics of interest and access financial and logistical support to do so.
  • Let’s Connect Working Group: community members that support the general coordination of the Program, either in an advisory role or actively participating as part of the operational team.

How does Let’s Connect work?


The Program is composed of two main learning spaces:

  1. Learning Clinics for monthly connections between groups of around 20 participants. These can be regionally based or cross regional.
  2. One-on-one matches between community members to share a live virtual conversation (coffee/teas) and/or resources. These happen on a continuous basis with connection being made directly by participants using the skills directory and proposed by the working group.

There are three support elements so that these spaces can work.

  • The skills directory: A general database that identifies skills and sharing interests amongst community members that forms the basis for the “matching”
  • Resource centre: A very basic space on Meta for sharing any material associated with the learning spaces – video recording, guidelines, documents, references, decks.
  • Making other connections: informing and connecting participants to existing spaces within the Movement. These spaces vary in each region and around different topics or programs, such as communities of practices, periodic meetings, training, events, etc. One important source of information and connection will be the Movement’s community calendar.

Live learning clinics with “hot topic of the month” and around proposal and reporting cycles


These learning clinics can happen around two areas: I. Monthly clinics around hot topics, II. Quarterly clinics around proposal writing and reporting.

  • Monthly group sessions focused around special topics that are recurring in the learning needs mapping and where there are interesting cases to share and learn from. For instance: some of the issues highlighted in the topics table, such as interesting training tools and methods for newcomers. Format proposed: 1.5 hour live sessions via zoom in two different time zones with live interpretation.
  • Quarterly regional/thematic group sessions with learning around Wikimedia funds reporting and proposal writing phases. These can happen across common themes or strategies developed in the work carried out with Wikimedia Funds and by region. The aim is to discuss interesting results and tactics, things that did not work out so well, challenges, things that can be adjusted or scaled.


  • The working group and Learning Ambassadors will use the database to identify interesting case studies to present. If there are not enough registered participants to share, they can actively seek these through community networks.
  • Community Resources (CR) will provide methodological support in the sessions if needed, as well as the technological platform and translation services and financial support.

Asynchronous participation Community Resources will organise the information after the session to the Let’s Connect resource space so that they are available to non-live participants and can be openly used and downloaded by other community members. This will include full or partial live recording (with participants’ consent) and any material shared and translated.

Let's Connect coffees and teas for 1:1 connections

Structure: 1:1 matches between learning interests that one community group has, with the sharing capacities of another. The suggested format is a 1.5 hour 1:1 coffee/tea live conversation. Max 4 people to enable more meaningful conversation and be able to go into more depth and contextualise to specific needs. There are two ways to develop these 1:1 Connections. Option 1: Connectmaking is promoted by the CR team and Working Group on a monthly basis by using the Skills directory. Option 2: Connections that are done directly by participants (sharers). They can contact the CR team for support if needed, i/e. to offer translation services.

A key feature is to identify potential community members that are sharers according to their area of interest at a given time and stage in their process and be able to use this information strategically. Developing a robust tool to register and match these interests continuously is something that requires more time and investment and is something that a working group of Wikimedians is planning to do through the Capacity Exchange initiative. Once this tool is developed (2022), this can be useful for the “Let's Connect” program as one of the primary sources of information. In this initial phase, basic data collection tools will be used through google forms and google sheets to register learning interests and needs and share ideas and capacities. Wiki Franca and Wikimedia Sweden have also developed useful tools that can be explored.

The CR team will consolidate this “skills directory” using two sources:

  • Information gathered from fund reporting (2020/21) and proposals (2021/22). Reports will be analysed to capture interesting cases and learning and common areas of interest. Likewise, proposals will be analysed to see where there are potential areas of learning from others.
  • A registration form that will be sent out to all affiliates, current and potential grantee partners. This form will be open so that potential participants can continuously update their information and register new learning and sharing interests.

Use of the skills directory

  • With participants' consent, some key information in this initial database will be made public on Meta. It will be used as a source of information to proactively communicate and organise the different learning spaces.
  • Proactively invite members to “Let's Connect” clinics when the topics may be of interest to them.
  • Provide any community member with key information about others’ learning and sharing interests to contact them autonomously and set up a 1:1 Let's Connect coffees/teas or resources sharing. The only requirement is that community members register a brief summary of the result of the interaction.
  • Proactively invite members to connect to existing resources and learning spaces organised by other community members and/or the Wikimedia Foundation (as those outlined in the ecosystem mapping). These spaces and channels will be continuously mapped and communicated through the Learning and Evaluation meta page, email group and through the Let's Connect telegram channel.

Resource space

It is a very basic space on Meta (link to the tab) for sharing any material associated with the learning spaces – video recording, guidelines, documents, references, decks, etc. Whilst it may not be possible to translate all material, efforts will be made to translate as many as possible. Important note: Note: it is not the robust resource centre that Movement Strategy calls for. There will be minimum curation, more curation will require community effort and staff to support this (desirable in future phases). This programs hope to support the development of more robust Movement-wide resources centres in future.


This is a complementary but key component. Rather than replicating many spaces that already exist, but may not be widely known to communities, particularly newcomers, this strategy is aimed at informing and connecting participants to existing spaces within the Movement. 1. By providing all registered participants with a calendar of learning spaces and contacts according to their areas of interest. The calendar should be based on the Movement's community calendar developed by the communications team. These spaces vary in each region and around different topics or programs. They can be a community of practices, periodic meetings, telegram groups, social media accounts where learning is shared, newsletters where learning is registered, on-Wiki connections spaces, events, conferences, and mentoring programs. This calendar should be built with the help of Foundation staff and community members leading these spaces. The incentive to do so will be to provide another communications channel for their spaces.

Fomenting the “Let's Connect” environment and culture

Peer learning requires working in the right mindset, environment, and incentives for this to happen. This is a process that needs time to build and consolidate. It is important first to communicate the nature of the program so that people will be interested in registering their information and participating in the spaces. It is important to emphasise the “culture” that the program wants to help promote. Let's Connect is:

  • A space that welcomes curiosity and where there are no stupid questions.
  • A space that welcomes errors and dialogue. A space that welcomes sharing knowledge, without fear of it being misused or appropriated by others. A space that welcomes newcomers, that values fresh ideas, and limited knowledge of the “Wikimedian ways of doing things”. A space that explicitly tries to give space for groups that are not often seen or valued as “sharers” of interesting case studies.
  • A safe environment that abides by the Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policy.
  • Not a space for showcasing successes, or as a form of reporting or feeling evaluated. This should be an environment for honest reflection about processes, learning the WHY and HOW something worked well, but even as important, why it might not have and what was taken from this.
  • Horizontal and community-led/owned, supported by the Foundation. Whilst the Foundation may take more of a lead in the initial phase, it is hoped that the different spaces will empower community members to take lead and maintain a strictly supportive role.
  • A space that values different forms of learning and seeks to provide multiple options to connect. One size does not fit all.
  • A space that values recognising other people's work and adapting/replicating it with the necessary attribution.
  • A space that recognizes its limits, and provides pathways for complementing with other forms of learning, as well as funds and resources for capacity building.
  • A space that encourages solidarity and mutual aid and bi-directional learning.

These key aspects will be reiterated throughout the communication and registration process, as well as in each learning space. If necessary, specific sessions will be organised to further reflect on how best to build this program culture and evaluate if this is effectively being built.

What learning will happen?

The program is mostly aimed at supporting initial connections and broader, higher-level learning of processes. However, the multiple spaces and connections generated will hopefully open further opportunities for deeper learning and practice. For instance, the live learning clinics or 1:1 conversations, will most likely not be enough to produce in-depth learning of organisational or technical Wiki-skills and tactics that require time and practice, however, it may connect groups to understand key issues, tools, approaches, and case studies, that lead to further mentoring or training opportunities with their peers, in existing community spaces or by seeking opportunities to include formal training in funding proposals.

The table below is an initial attempt to classify some of the common topics and areas that may be of interest, based on initial conversations and other learning needs mapping exercises carried by community members and Foundation staff. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all learning needs and will certainly change with time. A large part of the initial testing phase will be to determine if the learning spaces provide enough depth and connections for practical learning and to work with participants to identify topics of interest based on learning and sharing needs and capacities. Some interesting topics to start the program with are highlighted in green, given that they came up frequently in the conversations.

Category Issue/topic
Specific Funding-related issues
  • Understanding different growth paths, levels, and needs
  • Strategy and program design: (reading contextual needs, understanding what change is needed, and developing strategies /approaches – beyond stating activities).
  • Designing learning and evaluation plans
  • Qualitative evaluation methods
  • Wikimedia tools to measure quantitative metrics, particularly participants, editors, editor retention, content contributions.
  • Budget development
  • Reporting / storying telling / communicating results
  • Strategies for thinking about sustainability, scaling and financing
Programmatic tactics
  • Effective training for newcomers/ newcomer experience
  • New approaches to common themes i.e. innovations in working in culture and heritage/campaigns.
  • Effective strategies to bring in newcomers from underrepresented communities.
  • Approaches and lessons learned around educational programs, human rights, sustainability and the gender gap
  • Campaign tactics for newcomers
Organisational skills / capacities / sustainability
  • Understanding different growth paths, levels, and needs
  • Team management (work balance/staffing/organisation)
  • Leadership growth/renovation (preventing burn-out, sustainability, diversity)
  • Volunteer management and recognition (there is an existing Volunteer Support Network that can be a space for this)
  • Fundraising
  • Financial management practises
  • Establishing and maintaining effective partnerships
  • Advocacy skills
  • Dealing with harassment and conflict
  • Governance
Technical skills for Wiki projects*
  • Mapping of available resources for newcomer editors
  • Basic Wikidata use and how it can support other projects
  • Identifying topics of impact
  • Tools developed to automate processes (eg.AutoWikibrowser)
Interpersonal skills
  • Conflict transformation on Wiki and offline
  • Skills that enable individuals and communities to cultivate more inclusive and safe environments online and offline. (For example, empathy, communication, etc).
  • There are a number of resources developed around this that could be useful)


It is important to note that there are a wealth of resources available for learning Wiki technical skills, such as the use of tools, editing for newcomers, etc. This program does not seek to create new training toolkits but generates spaces where knowledge about these tools can be shared and communities can access further mentoring and guidance around these.

Timing will be important. Whilst learning at any stage may be interesting. Learning spaces that coincide with funding proposal development or reporting in each context, can lead to a more practical application of the learning experience.


Phase Activity Dates
Phase 1: Pilot Phase Initial testing period Marso 2022 ‒ Setyembre 2022
End of Phase 1 Present results and future of the program Setyembre 2022
Learning and Adjusting Quick evaluation: evaluate feedback, results through quantitative and qualitative data.

Program adjustment, guarantee future funding and support services.

Oktubre 2022
Phase 2 Program second phase. May include new scale and support services depending on results and feedback. Nobyembre 2022 – Setyembre 2023
Design and kick-off [Collective kickoff] 18 Nobyembre 2022
Open Call for WG Enero 2023
Start of expanded Team Pebrero 2023
Evaluation Continual learning and evaluation Agosto 2023
End of phase 2 Present results and future of the program Setyembre 2023


What is the role of the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Resources team?

  • Process financial support for participants as learning, sharers, or ambassadors and organise other incentives to motivate participation, such as certificates. (for more details read the section on incentives and support).
  • Proactively communicate the learning program opportunities in different channels.
  • The prime role is not building specific learning content or leading the sharing sessions. However, there are specific areas in which Community Resources can lead learning sessions as the demand arises and in its area of expertise, such as guidance on proposal development, learning, evaluation, etc.
  • Promote opportunities for more equitable participation, particularly for underrepresented communities or newcomers, and build a relationship of trust and confidence with grantees so that they feel comfortable expressing capacity needs and a welcoming environment to share with others. Gather learning from the peer program to identify good practises that could be considered in future funding proposals, as well as capacity-building
  • Coordinate efforts with other Foundation teams and Regional Funds Committee members to actively participate in the program design and develop content for sessions around their areas of learning and expertise, if there is demand for this.  It is important to guarantee a thought partner relationship with other community sharers and develop the desired “learning culture” with Foundation staff or external participants. This could be around issues like Wikimedia tools and innovations, research areas, programmatic tactics, partnership strategies, etc.
  • Align the program with relevant Movement Strategy developments and other Foundation or community-led initiatives.

Roles of other Foundation staff:

  • Several other teams will actively be part of the Learning Program. They have been key in the initial design phase and it is hoped that they will actively participate in the Program implementation. Particularly Community Development, Community Programs, Movement Strategy, Movement Communications and Partnerships. Possible roles will be:
    • Joining the working group to help with operational aspects of the Program.
    • Offer support to map interesting cases for learning spaces.
    • Review the Skills directory and complement it with information from the programs they are involved in.
    • Update information about other learning spaces to connect participants to these.
    • Offer methodological support and training tools and approaches.
    • Communicate the Program to the Communities they work with.
    • Participate in learning spaces as sharers.
    • Help monitor and provide feedback on the Program.
  • Trust and Safety will also play a role in friendly space issues escalating. Talent and Culture will also be important in helping to promote the Learning Culture based on their experience and tools.

How was this built?

The initial Program design was done through a participatory process, with more than 40 community and Foundation staff members invited to brainstorm around the Program’s focus and strategies. This will be a continual learning process so any community member is invited to share their ideas around the program by adding comments on the talk page or reaching out directly to Jessica Stephenson - jstephenson

Summary of Let’s Connect pilot phase

Let's Connect learning report – pilot phase 2022

The pilot phase that took place from April to August 2022 covered multiple activities and connections. In fact several learning clinics on different topics were conducted in addition to the 1:1 and cluster connections. The apprehended learning was not only limited to establishing connections but also highlighting key insights about the peer learning space. It was less about numbers and more about if the spaces, tools, support made sense and added value to the communities. For an in-depth look please read the summary report. It is established to showcase the pilot phase processes, reflections, result and detailed learning.

Below stated in brief the main key insights:

Community – Foundation working group
Results: Consolidate a small Community-Foundation team to co-operate the program.

  • Need to expand, represent all regions
  • More community-led is always the answer
  • Affiliate-supported members are key

Who is participating?
Results: There is enthusiasm: 140 Wikimedians registered
Learning: Diverse participants:

  • Mostly new and medium-level organisers, keen to learn more.
  • How to respond to diverse needs offer more training paths?
  • Need more affiliate-organised participation: 50% closely associated with affiliates.

Learning clinics

  • 11 Learning clinics around proposal writing, evaluation, planning, story telling, around, around 220 participations
  • +15 Sharers: willing to put the time and effort.
  • 25% give feedback, about 70% find it useful, but more is needed


  • There is interest, but we need more sharers proposing.
  • How to address different levels of needs and connect to deeper training?
  • Connectivity is a big limitation
  • Work with affiliates to find ways to support

1:1 Connections
Results: 17 1:1 connections and cluster groups, around 40 participants.

  • Commitment is a major challenge.
  • How to find easier procedures to connect, make sure people get the most out of the space.
  • More proactive connecting
  • More sharing + organising of resources (this takes time!)

Top skills people want to learn

  1. Building your organization’s plan and strategy
  2. Wikimedia Tools (PAWS, Quarry, WDQS) for running queries and scripts
  3. Defining Learning and evaluation plan
  4. Engaging in social media, press, and broadcast media
  5. Volunteer management and development (and interpersonal skills related to this)