Helping Give Away Psychological Science/Edit-a-thons

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Edit-a-thons[edit | edit source]

Edit-a-thons in HGAPS started as a way for us to engage others (students, researchers, clinicians) in editing Wikipedia. Now, edit-a-thons are a way for us to engage a wide variety of groups in our materials for them to provide us feedback or otherwise start working with us around a project.

Below are types of edit-a-thons or utilizations of an edit-a-thon event that we have done in the past that may be viable in the future:

Conference Workshops[edit | edit source]

At MICAMH, APA, ABCT, and NCPA, we have successfully conducted workshops that take clinicians and researchers on a tour of HGAPS’ resources and tools. Usually, these are 3-hour sessions. The first part of the session is a PowerPoint presentation of HGAPS and the tools that the organization has created. Then, during the later part of the meeting, the audience is able to use the tools and view the resources for themselves. Their expertise is used to gather feedback on the tools we have shown them. These meetings can capture feedback on where our tools could be expanded as well as allow our tools to become more user-friendly. For instance, at MICAMH, we had the clinicians use the assessment center batteries to assess vignette examples of clients and then give us feedback on their experience.

HGAPS Hosted Events[edit | edit source]

Typically, the HUB space in Davis Library was reserved and food was catered (Moes, pizza, Jimmy Johns) if the event was held in person. You can reserve this space by contacting a social sciences librarian, and telling them you are reserving the space for HGAPS. Experts can attend in person or virtually. Parking at Davis or Davie Hall is arranged for them if they are to attend in person. If the number of attendees is able to be accommodated by Howell, the edit-a-thon could take place there as well. Guests should be invited about a month in advance of the edit-a-thon.

Content expert consultations[edit | edit source]

Each project group invites at least one content expert to the meeting (this can be virtual or in person). Then, for the whole meeting, these collaborators work with the project teams to provide insight and future directions, give feedback, and edit (in some cases) content. These consultations can be a great way to get expert review of materials while HGAPS members provide Wiki exposure and training. For example, Team Assessment Center invited Dr. Jen Youngstrom to consult with us on appropriate resources to link to each assessment, give us feedback on the contents of the assessment center, and help brainstorm a list of potential new assessments that could be used in the UNC Training Clinic, which she runs.

Project collaborations[edit | edit source]

Each project leader that needs external collaborators or would like to brainstorm ideas/collaborations with an outside organization or experts should invite them to the event either in person or virtually. This can be a way to integrate existing tools from other external efforts. For example, we have worked with NAMI to get their resources on their website as well as their resources on theirs. Another way is to have a multiple organization or across universities project. For example, Ohio University students and UNC students have worked on a project with Steve Evans.

Stakeholder panels[edit | edit source]

A stakeholder panel is where we would invite various stakeholders (or consumers of our products) to get their feedback. Some examples of types of stakeholders we are interested in are: clinicians, researchers, graduate students, parents, adolescents, students at UNC, etc. The goal would be to show the tool or resource we would like them to use in order to get feedback on usability, likelihood of use, areas to expand, and awareness. For example, our website and the assessment center tools that will continue to benefit from user input.