Grants:Project/MSIG/H-GAPS/Using Wiki Projects to Fix the Leaky Pipeline of Open Knowledge

H-GAPS User Group/Using WikiProjects to Fix the Leaky Pipeline of Open Knowledge
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targetWikipedia, Wikiversity, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, WikiProject Psychology
start date06-30-2023
start year2023
end yearplease add a end year
budget (local currency)$25,000
budget (USD)$25,000
grant typeGroup that is also an Organization (H-GAPS User Group is also Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS))
non-profit statusHelping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) is a national incorporated nonprofit 501(c)(3) service organization
contact(s)• eyoungstrom(_AT_)• echoplin(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)H-GAPS User Group
website (if applicable)

Applications are not required to be in English. Please complete the application in your preferred language.

Project Goal edit

What will be the outputs of your project and how will those outputs contribute to advancing a specific Movement Strategy Initiative?

The goal of this proposal is bridge a gap in the impact area of mental health (MS Initiative #39) by creating a portfolio of examples that showcases how several Wikimedia Projects can bridge the science-practice gap and transform knowledge into action. The intended audience for the portfolio is anyone who has knowledge and wants to disseminate that knowledge or help others implement knowledge about mental health into helpful action. Ultimately, the aims of this MSIG proposal are: (1) help people with mental-health related knowledge learn how to share it on Wikimedia Projects, (2) to increase the likelihood of people seeking knowledge on Wikimedia Projects and subsequently implementing this knowledge to create a positive impact, (3) to create methods for communities previously under-represented in the editing community to have input, including ways that do not require editing as a way of participating in the conversation.

What specific Movement Strategy Initiative does your project focus on and why? Please select one of the initiatives described here

Project Background edit

The United Nations has identified mental health as a basic human right, noting that "there is no health without mental health." Despite it being too often a secret or a stigmatized issue in many cultures, mental health challenges are among the most serious contributors to the global burden of disability and disease, regardless of the economic development of any particular region. The World Health Organization finds that mood disorders, anxiety, and substance misuse rank in the top 20 health issues for every decade they have studied. The COVID pandemic further worsened social isolation, disruption, and a variety of other stressors, creating a second epidemic of surging mental health needs. Unlike cancer, infectious disease, accidents, and other areas of medicine, mental health concerns have not only not improved, but are trending worse, with increases in rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide in many regions. The rise may be fastest in adolescents and young adults in regions with high technology consumption, particularly social media.

The proposed project builds on the work of Helping Give Away Psychological Science ( and the affiliated user group), a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing psychological science with the broader public. Our mission is to bridge the science-practice gap by collecting, distilling, and sharing psychological science to promote well-being and improve lives. Over the past 7 years, HGAPS has been working on creating an open-source ecosystem that combines different platforms and tools–such as Wikimedia Projects–to share knowledge more effectively. Maybe list some examples of our previous work here. This work has given us considerable experience with using Wikimedia Projects to do dissemination and implementation work; the project proposed in this grant will utilize and build upon that experience.

Additionally, HGAPS has used our discipline-specific knowledge of psychological assessment and behavior change to pilot methods for surveying stakeholders. We have surveyed key stakeholders (e.g., students, clinicians, researchers) to (1) assess their opinion of Wikimedia Projects’ credibility and to (2) iteratively improve our materials on Wikimedia Projects to better match stakeholder needs. By surveying stakeholders in this way, we elicit engagement, as well as showing examples and data that change their perceptions. These increase their likelihood to seek knowledge on WikiProjects and subsequently implement this knowledge to create a positive impact. The project proposed in this grant will utilize and build upon this experience.

Though we are a psychology-focused user group, we believe that our methods of dissemination and implementation on Wikimedia Projects and beyond are helpful across disciplines. If shared, our dissemination and implementation methods could help teach knowledgeable people how to disseminate it on Wikimedia Projects. Additionally, sharing our dissemination and implementation methods could increase the likelihood of people (e.g., clinicians, students, general public) seeking knowledge on Wikimedia Projects and subsequently implementing this knowledge to create a positive impact. Taken together, these ideas have motivated us to create a portfolio showcasing our dissemination and implementation methods on Wikimedia Projects.

The proposal follows the framework of the leaky pipeline, a metaphor that describes the process by which knowledge is generated but incrementally lost as it moves through the dissemination and implementation stages. We aim to explain and show (using worked examples) how Wikimedia Projects and supporting materials could be used to solve each stage of the leaky pipeline.

The proposal is based on a deep understanding of the psychological science community's needs and is supported by research and community discussion outputs. The organization has experience working with Wikimedia Projects and other tools for dissemination and implementation of psychological knowledge, which provides a solid foundation for the proposed project. Additionally, HGAPS has been actively engaged in outreach and collaboration with the broader Wikimedia community to ensure that the proposed project aligns with the movement's goals and values.

Lastly, HGAPS is highly connected to multiple professional societies, including several with a particular focus on mental health (such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, the Society for Quantitative and Qualitative Methods/APA Division 5, the Society for Clinical Psychology/APA Division 12, and Society for Clinical Child And Adolescent Psychology/APA Division 53) as well as psychological science in general (the Association for Psychological Science) and internationally (the Society for International Psychology) and the American Psychological Association--the largest professional society of its kind globally. These organizations have contributed to more than two dozen small grants (listed here) focused on gathering resources and experimenting with ways of making them more accessible. We will use our network of connections described above to crowdsource knowledge and participate in stakeholder assessment. Overall, the proposed project is grounded in research, community engagement, and the practical experience of HGAPS. It aims to leverage the strengths of the Wikimedia Projects to improve the dissemination and implementation of psychological knowledge and address the challenges of the leaky pipeline metaphor.

When do you intend to begin this project and when will it be completed?
Where will your project activities be happening?
Are you collaborating with other communities or affiliates on this project? Please provide details of how partners intend to work together to achieve the project goal.
What specific challenge will your project be aiming to solve? And what opportunities do you plan to take advantage of to solve the problem?
Does this project aim to apply one of the examples shared in the call for grants and if so which one?

Project Activities edit

What specific activities will be carried out during this project? Please describe the specific activities that will be carried out during this project.
How do you intend to keep communities updated on the progress and outcomes of the project? Please add the names or usernames of these individuals responsible for updating the community
  1. Regular progress reports and community engagement: The proposal can commit to regularly sharing updates on the project's progress, and engaging with the general public and the Wiki community to receive suggestions and feedback. HGAPS has Zoom for free with unlimited features and so we have weekly hybrid meetings Thursdays from 6-8 pm Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5), currently with typical attendance of 20-40 volunteers predominantly from North America. Since March 2019 we have had more than 100 weekly meetings with volunteers and collaborators. This Zoom link will be made accessible to all who want updates and to help contribute.
  2. Use social media: our outreach team will keep communities informed by disseminating updates, news, highlights, pilots, and the project's progress and outcomes via HGAPS's social media platforms, like Instagram, Facebook, and specifically Twitter (@_HGAPS) and YouTube (HGAPS - Helping Give Away Psychological Science). We will also create infographics for Instagram using Canvas, like we have done previously, to advertise the contents and how to use our materials on wikiplatforms.
  3. We will also make all of our outputs a featured link on our HGAPS linktree, Charity navigator pages, HGAPS Wikiversity, and HGAPS Weebly official website.
  4. We have access to a multitude of listservs that include students, mental health providers, academics, researchers, and caregivers. Therefore we can share the deliverables ready for review and/or use.
  5. We will also notify Wikimedia communities via the following talk pages. We will watch all pages we update and respond within 72 hours to posts and queries (allowing time for consultation with content experts and time zone differences) and consult with experienced editors by asking questions in the Tearoom, and through Wikiversity forums: Talk:H-GAPS User Group, Talk:North Carolina Wikipedians, Talk:WikiProject Psychology
  6. The following editors have been tasked specifically with updating the Wiki community via the aforementioned mechanisms, but other registered Wiki editors working in conjunction with the HGAPS team may assist with posting community updates as appropriate: User:Eyoungstrom, User:Emmagch, User:Ncharamut, User:Parodda
  7. As projects near readiness for submission to WikiJournals of our methodology, we will invite content experts to review and make suggestions, offering acknowledgement or co-authorship as appropriate.
  8. Lastly, we have an extensive history of presenting Wikiplatform content virtually and in-person at mental health and psychology conferences as a workshop, webinar symposium, and keynote addresses. We plan to do this again to gather feedback, and increase awareness and the likelihood that this content will be acted upon.
Who will be responsible for delivering on this project and what are their roles and responsibilities?

Additional information edit

If your activities include community discussions, what is your plan for ensuring that the conversations are productive? Provide a link to a Friendly Space Policy or UCoC that will be implemented to support these discussions.
If your activities include the use of paid online tools, please describe what tools these are and how you intend to use them.
Do your activities include the translation of materials, and if so, in what languages will the translation be done? Please include details of those responsible for making the translations.
Are there any other details you would like to share? Consider providing rationale, research or community discussion outputs, and any other similar information, that will give more context on your proposed project.

Outcomes edit

After your activities are complete, we would like to understand the draft implementation plan for your community. You will be required to prepare a document detailing this plan around a movement strategy initiative. This report can be prepared through Meta-wiki using the Share your results button on this page. The report can be prepared in your language, and is not required to be written in English.

In this report, you will be asked to:

  • Provide a link to the draft implementation plan document or Wikimedia page
  • Describe what activities supported the development of the plan
  • Describe how and where you have communicated your plan to relevant communities.
  • Report on how your funding was spent

Your draft implementation plan document should address the following questions clearly:

  • What movement strategy initiative or goal are you addressing?
  • What activities will you be doing to address that initiative?
  • What do you expect will happen as a result of your activities? How do those outcomes address the movement strategy initiative?
  • How will you measure or evaluate your activities? What tools or methods will you use to evaluate your activities?

To create a draft implementation plan, we recommend the use of a logic model, which will help you and your team think about goals, activities, outcomes, and other factors in an organized way. Please refer the following resources to develop a logic model:

Please confirm below that you will be able to prepare a draft implementation plan document by the end of your grant:

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Optionally, you are welcome to include other information you'd like to share around participation and representation in your activities. Please include any additional outcomes you would like to report on below:

Budget edit

How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

  • Research (time needed to review, perform analysis, or investigate any information needed to support implementation ideas or planning):
  • Facilitation (facilitation time including facilitator preparation, meeting facilitation time, and debriefing):
  • Documentation (document preparation time, time spent documenting of discussion, post-meeting work):
  • Translation (translation costs for briefs and global materials):
  • Coordination (coordinator work to manage or support multiple workflows to prepare for meeting):
  • Online tools or services (subscription services for online meeting platforms, social media promotion):
  • Data (internet or mobile costs for organizers or participants to access or participate in activities):
  • Venue or space for meeting (costs of renting a physical meeting space):
  • Transportation costs (costs of supporting organizers or participants to attend the meeting):
  • Meals (costs related to refreshments, lunches, or other meals during in-person activities):
  • Other:


Completing your application edit

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