events graphically using lightweight desktop readers. Shareable calendars let friends of friends seeevents in a collaborative fashion, spreading along social networks, likeUpcoming.org.One attribute all 3 content management systems have in common is opensource, a culture andprocess in the software world where the fundamental capital resource, the source code itself, is freeof cost and free to be used, modified, and redistributed, growing ever recursively. The large base of developers worldwide maintains and enhances the source code.
D.3. How do you plan to evaluate your proposal to determine whether or not it meets goals andobjectives? (Include in your support materials any surveys or other feedback mechanisms you planto use.)
We plan to count website pageviews, new visitors, new and returning logins, replies posted, andcomments and feedback returned. Supplemented with web metrics, we can solicit responses via anonline questionnaire with scale ratings and open-ended questions, which can include
For how long and how often do have you used the Web?
How complex is what you do on the Web? Provide examples.
How did you find our website?
Did you find what you came to seek?
How easy was it to find what you wanted?
How useful was your visit today?
How useful do you expect our site to be for you in the future?
Do you expect to return?
How can this website work better for you?Of course, open to inspection is the website itself.
D.4. What is your project timeline?
We expect preparation, recruiting and buy-in, and evaluation of competing platforms, hosts, andhosting servers to occur through December 2005; installation of the base platform and most modulesto occur through March; and customization and content to appear through June. Feedback fromthese phases may affect the schedule, or suggest a second round of additional recruiting,installation, and customization. Articles, other content, readership and subscribership build as eachphase and round completes, and continues to build. We expect to complete evaluation and report byNovember 2006.
D.5. How will your project improve your organization’s operating efficiencies?
In addition to our website, we already use 6 Yahoogroups to organize our activities. Segmented,such groups share but few resources. A content management system lessens need to create yetmore groups and mailing lists, while consolidating internal communications by letting writers andeditors work on common articles and events without drawing on technical expertise. It expeditesproject workflows. We expect not just improvements in operating efficiency, but also and especiallyenhancements in organizational capacity, the ability and ease to do more. We expect to use ouraccomplishment to recruit and retain directors and volunteers, to reach out into the community, toprovide a community focal point and online venue, to enable others in their goals.
D.6. How will you revise your program if you do not receive full funding? Having a back-up plandemonstrates organizational commitment to the project.
The basic program remains unchanged. With severely curtailed or even no funding, the project willtake longer, running on recruited volunteer labor and in their/our free time. Without enough interestor a diversity and critical mass of talent, harder problems might remain unsolved. When theopensource community releases revisions faster than we can install, slow installation andcustomization makes such work obsolete before we can use it. Funding can motivate volunteers andencourage additional
work, and progress itself motivates yet more progress.
2005 ACCGR Capacity Building Application