Gaps in recommendations: How to increase participation in under-represented group?
I am not quite sure what you mean by reforming the task forces. In the task force I participated, first we have some users who signed up and started some discussions, gradually all of them disappeared, then other users came and discussed, and then the third generation compiled the recommendations. I did not yet look at how other task forces were performing, but if this is a generic situation then reforming does not make any sense, since anyway users are doing what they find interesting/important, and they are not overall serious about formally signing up for participation.
I would may be suggest listing the priorities instead. I personally do not have too much time, may be couple of hours per day, and so far I was spending these two hours on replying to the remarks on the Quality Taskforce recommendations. If there are things with higher priority, like urgently looking at other Task force recommendations, or compiling things we did not have time to compile, I am willing to do them.
I don't think it would be a bad idea to just go over the work that the reader conversion task force did, summarize the key areas of recommendation, and then pick the top 2-4.
We shouldn´t call these pages Recommendation but Quotations, and I would add some quotations from the interviews too. I give you an example, the interview from Achal Prabhala and Lova Rakotomalala. By the way, there are some additional task forces: Task force/Africa and Task force/BLP without recommendation, but maybe there are some quotations.
I understand the challenges and suggestions all of have described. I think the challenge we're facing right now is that we need to have a group that is committed to continuing the important discussions we still need to have, that will integrate feedback from others, and that will summarize this thinking into a draft strategic plan.
I drafted a page for a "strategy" task force. I'd like to start shifting conversations about next steps there. Feedback encouraged.