Monday, September 30, 2013

D Lab at Berkeley to Offer Intermediate R Workshops


Intermediate R - 3 new #rstats training offerings Tuesdays in Oct & Nov

Other workshops too.

Designers + Policy Analysis = Improved Public Conversation about Issues

An interesting project that brings graphic designers together with policy analysts to improve public knowledge about important issues.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Paid Internship in Program Evaluation at Wikimedia Foundation

The team at the Wikimedia Foundation is looking to bring on an intern for 3-6 months part time (with potential for a full time internship depending on the work load). This is a paid internship. You'd be working closely with me and my teammate, Jaime. Please forward! 


The Wikimedia Foundation, the non‐profit organization behind Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, is looking for an intern for the Programs Department. If you’re a current student of social sciences, have experience in evaluating programs or projects, and if you have a background in working with statistical data, we can provide you with an immersive in‐house experience over the course of three to six months. Interns selected would work half‐time at the Foundation’s downtown San Francisco office (we will also consider applications for full‐time work on a case‐by‐case basis).

What to expect:

This year, the Wikimedia Foundation started the Wikimedia movement’s first initiative on systematically evaluating the effectiveness and impact of different programs across countries. Programs include "Wiki Loves Monuments", a public photo competition around cultural heritage monuments, "Wikipedia Education Program", using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in universities around the world, Wikipedia Edit-a-thons and workshops, on-wiki contests, and a large number of other, volunteer-driven initiatives that aim at growing the amount of freely accessible online information. Our goal is to empower Wikimedia Chapters and individual volunteers to evaluate their own programs and programmatic activities in order to increase impact through ongoing analysis and shared learning.

As an intern to the Programs Department you would be

  • Extracting and summarizing data from evaluation reports;
  • Helping to coordinate data submissions by grantees (across different countries);
  • Creating data tables and graphs;
  • Participating in team meetings of the Program Evaluation and Design Team;
  • Learning about the diverse and international world of Wikipedia and its sister projects;
  • Getting insight into the many programs and projects created and executed by volunteers around the globe.

An ideal candidate has:

  • High energy for and commitment to the Wikimedia Foundation’s free knowledge mission.
  • The strong ability to analyze and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data from different sources, and proven ability to create simple, meaningful tables and graphs.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to excel in a fast‐paced, multitasking environment that demands fast turn‐around.
  • Intellectual curiosity and flexibility that makes them enjoy tackling difficult and ambiguous problems in creative ways. Students with strong research backgrounds are preferred.
  • The ability to flourish in a highly transparent and collaborative environment and work on a team with diverse demographic and cultural characteristics.

This is a paid internship. When the opportunity exists, we will work with an intern’s university to facilitate earning academic credits.

Application Details:
Please submit a cover letter (including information about your possible start date) and a resume.

The Wikimedia Foundation values and promotes diversity. We invite applications from candidates regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.