Proposers, Advisors, Voters and other Catalyst members still struggle to understand how Catalyst works and how to play their roles.
Catalyst School, a place to enhance the impact of Catalyst as a whole by improving the contribution of all its different players and roles.
This is the total amount allocated to The Catalyst School Fund9 Operation
The Catalyst School: what is it all about?
The Catalyst School is a place created to enhance the impact of Catalyst as a whole by improving the contribution of all its different players and roles. We onboard new members and help improving their skills along the way, in any way they decide to engage with Catalyst: as a Proposer, a Community Advisor, a Veteran Community Advisor or without any specific role within the process. In order for Catalyst to flourish and reach its full potential, all these roles need to give their best contribution within the process.
We understand that different people prefer different learning methods. Therefore, the School aims to help the community through:
Today, the main topics covered by the Catalyst School today are:
What is the School already doing?
The Catalyst School is already helping the community since the beginning of Fund 6. We are doing that so we can receive feedback from the community and improve our teaching methods and content so we reach the highest Return on Intention we can.
You can check our last announcement during a Catalyst Town Hall here:https://www.youtube.com/embed/rNZJvzjgduM?start=3622
We have already run several sessions about the main topics described above, and onboarded more than 1000 new Catalyst members. Some of these sessions were recorded and are now available in our YouTube channel.
In Funds 7 and 8, we have provided Insight Sharing Workshops ( https://cardano.ideascale.com/c/idea/384064 ) to increase the discussion during Catalyst's Insight Sharing Phase. The videos can be checked in our YouTube Channel. For example, this one related to the Cross-Chain Collaboration challenge:https://www.youtube.com/embed/KGrpYJDi31s
We have also already ran workshops during the Catalyst Eastern Town Hall, the WADA Conference 2021, Cardano 4 Climate and other events.
Why do we need the Catalyst School?
Catalyst is not a traditional funding platform, it has its own protocol and method of functioning. Therefore, anyone who wants to join this experiment needs to learn about it first.
Until today, learning about Catalyst, how it works, its requirements and the criteria to succeed according to one's role is still not so easy because the relevant information and resources are not easily digestible and findable, in one hub known to newcomers and veterans alike.
There is also no platform to bring together those who are in the process of learning about Catalyst, be them newcomers or veterans, so they can exchange knowledge and help each other.
As the saying goes, if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together! With that in mind, Catalyst School will collaborate with other educational stakeholders in the Catalyst ecosystem, building bridges to maximize synergistic optimum impact.
The Catalyst School already has many partnerships, such as:
The Catalyst School is all about onboarding new members to the different roles in Catalyst.
We are aligned with the guiding questions:
The main risk of this proposal is something that we have faced already: outreach. During Fund 7 we had very low attendance, but we have increased our marketing and improved our outreach strategy to get a good number or participants in our workshops and support sessions.
The Plan: Roadmap and Milestones
This proposal aims to provide the School sessions, workshops, 1-to-1/group support to provide written materials and content in our website. When funded, we will provide all these services for the next Fund 9. We are changing our budgeting and project management strategy, so we will test this for one fund, and if we get funded and it works out well, we will continue with the same strategy next fund. Otherwise, we will adapt and improve.
School Sessions and workshops are going to be synchronized with each phase of Project Catalyst, so we increase the value delivered by them.
Based on our previous experience, we have decreased the number of workshops, since we realized it's better to have less workshops with higher attendance and quality instead of aiming for quantity.
Our goal is to provide 8 sessions in Fund 9, following the Project Catalyst schedule. Therefore, our roadmap is:
- Week 1 - Insight Sharing Phase:
- Week 2 - Proposal Submission Phase:
- Week 3 - Proposal Refinement Phase:
- Week 4 - Proposal Finalize Phase:
- Week 5 - Proposal Assessment Phase:
- Week 6 - Assessments Review Phase:
Besides that we aim at providing 30 1-to-1/group support sessions in Fund 9.
*Considering a $50/hour cost:
- Project oversight and define future directions (12h/fund)
- Manage partnerships (20h/fund)
- Represent the project externally (e.g. TH and Community Initiatives) (12h/fund)
- Manage project's finance (4h/fund)
Workload (by the fund in hours): 48h/fund
- Check workshops hosts performance (feedback form) and propose improvements (8h/fund)
- Check 1-to-1 support sessions performance (feedback form) and propose improvements (8h/fund)
- Report progress to Catalyst (coordinator meetings) (8h/fund)
- Check if project’s content is up-to-date (slides, one pagers, website) (16h/fund)
- Filling in some role if necessary (10h/fund)
- Ensure proper execution of all other School roles (12h/fund)
Workload (by the fund in hours): 66h/fund
- Schedule and facilitate team meetings (12h/fund)
Workload (by the fund in hours): 16h/fund
Documentation & Auditability
- Keep track and report 1-to-1 support sessions (10h/fund)
- Submit Catalyst reports (progress) for School proposals (10h/fund)
Workload (by the fund in hours): 20h/fund
Core Content (per topic - 4 topics in total)
- Maintain workshop slides (8h/fund)
- Maintain one pagers (8h/fund)
- Host workshops/sessions (4h/fund)
- Create and maintain website content (10h/fund)
- Community/project knowledge acquisition and maintenance (10/h fund)
Workload (by the fund in hours): 40h/fund
Budget: $50/h = $2000/fund, for all topics: $8000/fund
- Manage gitbook/website (20h/fund)
Workload (by the fund in hours): 20h/fund
- Make weekly announcements on Twitter, Telegram and Discord (24h/fund)
- Manage project's visual identity across content and media platforms (6h/fund)
Workload (by the fund in hours): 30h/fund
In comparison to our previously funded proposal ( https://cardano.ideascale.com/c/idea/367842 ), the budget is a bit higher than before. The reasons for that are:
We will provide progress report to IOG in the bi-weekly coordinator meetings, and to the challenge team in the monthly meeting.
Success for this project is delivering everything according to the schedule and being able to onboard a large number of new members into Catalyst.
We will measure success by tracking:
This proposal is a continuation of the following funded proposals:
We are inderectly related to many of the SDGs, since we are support multiple projects that will handle many of them. But are especially aligned with SDG 4: 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'.
Veteran advisors and proposal mentors, education professionals, very active Catalyst community members since early Funds, already Catalyst School funded team, Catalyst Circle ex-members and more.