Dgroups Operational Plan


Areas of work

The Dgroups Foundation board continued to fulfill its responsibilities across nine work areas:

  • Strengthening the Partnership
  • Platform improvement
  • Service reliability
  • Users’ support for optimum use of the platform
  • Engagement with current partners
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Governance and administration
  • Finance
  • Monitoring and evaluation

1. Strengthening the Partnership – Lead: Neil
Pakenham-Walsh

1.1 Launch the Dgroups Directory.

2. Platform improvement – Lead: Saskia Harmsen

2.1 Hold 2-monthly review meetings with WA-Research

2.2 Maintain facilitation of [redesign].

2.3 Get the search function working.

2.4 Prepare guidance on API for partners.

2.5 Get Public View for groups working.

3. Service reliability – Lead: Hapee de Groot

3.1 Maintain service reliability at or very near to 100%.

4. Users’ support for optimum use of the platform – Lead: Pier Andrea Pirani

4.1 Develop and provide two Dgroups educational videos.

5. Engagement with current partners – Lead: Pier Andrea Pirani

5.1 Develop and implement a survey and interview series to assess views of Partners with regards to Dgroups and future development of the Partnership.

5.2 Promote [DG-Partners] as discussion space (currently used mainly for announcements).

6. Marketing and outreach – Benjamin Abugri

6.1 Increase the number of Dgroups Partners displaying the Dgroups logo on their websites.

6.2 Promote and provide support for at least two presentations on Dgroups at a physical conference or at a web conference.

7. Governance and administration – Lead: Neil Pakenham-Walsh

7.1 Strengthen the Dgroups Board, including gender and geographical balance (ongoing).

8. Finance – Lead: Krishan Bheenick

8.1 Maintain the current number of Full Partners and attract more (one or two at least).

8.2 Market Dgroups to potential Associate and Project Partners.

9. Monitoring and evaluation – Lead: Sean Furey

9.1 Continue to improve availability and usefulness of statistics relating to Dgroups overall and to individual Dgroups.

9.2 Develop at least two case studies (relating to Dgroups partners) to demonstrate benefits of membership of Dgroups.