Improving Indexing Involvement
In order to improve youth involvement with indexing I propose that the system of which the number of records indexed be revamped in favor of an Experience Point (XP) system. The system would work like this: for each record or name which you index or review you would receive a certain amount of XP. For example you would get +1 XP for each name you review on the Get Involved app or the Name Review on the website, +2 XP for each Full Name Review you complete, +5 XP for each beginner record you index or review, +10 XP for each intermediate record you index or review, and +20 for each advanced record you index or review. Obviously these points in this example is merely arbitrary and if implemented could be scaled based off the difficulty of each individual project.
Many different ideas could be incorporated into this new system such as a ranked leaderboard from the ward, stake, or global level. Achievements can be unlocked depending on what or how much indexing you have completed. (For example an achievement for completing 100 beginner records or reaching 10,000 XP, etc.)
The benefits of the new system are as follows:
1. All Get Involved activities will count towards set goals- whether it be your personal goal or a ward or stake goal, any contribution doing any sort of activity would count towards the final goal.
2. Youth will be more likely to participate in the work of family history- by making it a game it will make these activities more engaging thus boosting engagement from younger audiences
3. It will reward those who complete tougher projects- as it stands right now you get just as much value from completing a beginner record as you do spending much time over an advanced record. This new system will reward those that put in the time and effort to complete more difficult projects.
All in all these are just a few ideas contained within the larger idea of revamping the system which we now have. This may be taken in several different directions but no matter where it goes, the benefits will stay the same.
Please comment if there are any improvements to be made on this idea as well as if there are any foreseeable problems.