Tiny change: what IATI calls "organisation roles," we're going to start calling "partner roles" rather than "partner types." A rose by any other name…
IATI: "Partner Types" renamed "Partner Roles" for clarity
Pito report builder officially retired
We released the MultiMatrix tool several months back, with the intent for it to replace the 'Pito' report builder eventually. Now that we have fully transitioned all existing reports over to the MultiMatrix format, we have officially retired the Pito tool.
This shouldn't disrupt anyone or require any action on users' part — we've been gradually removing references and links to Pito for the past few weeks.
USAID color palette for visualizations
DevResults lets folks choose from a number of color palettes when designing visualizations. Today we added USAID's official branding and marketing color palette, which looks like this:
Now, if you'd like to create and download visualizations that use USAID's preferred color scheme for reports and presentations, you can do so by selecting this palette from the design dropdown for any graph or pie chart.
Heads up: common passwords will no longer be accepted starting Saturday, June 27
In the ongoing effort to improve security and protect privacy on your site, all passwords will now be checked against an internet database of common and/or leaked passwords.
Starting June 27, any new or existing password that is deemed compromised or too common will need to be reset the next time you login.
Note: Single sign-on users will not be affected.
Rename 'awarding organization'
So far we've enabled pseudonyms (to rename certain data concepts in DevResults) for activities (e.g. 'projects') and locations (e.g. 'facilities').
Now we're adding 'awarding organization' to that list as well (e.g. 'donor'). Just send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make that update.
Bear in mind, this will only change the text of your DevResults site; the DevResults Knowledge Base and all help articles will still refer to the generic terms 'activity', 'location', and 'awarding organization.' We do our best to use your preferred terminology in responses to Helpdesk tickets, but we may not be 100% consistent.
Search by user & organization in change history
Today we released a small update to the change history page.
Previously, the change history page let you filter changes by user and by organization, but there was no search option.
Now you can search for both users and organizations when you filter the change history list.
Back in November, we introduced the ability to rename 'activity' throughout your site with your preferred term (for example, 'project' is the most common pseudonym, but you might also choose 'program' or 'award'). Several clients have taken advantage of this already!
Now, you can do the same with 'locations'. Just send us a note at email@example.com and we'll make that update.
Bear in mind, this will only change the text of your DevResults site; the DevResults Knowledge Base and all help articles will still refer to the generic terms 'activity' and 'location'. We do our best to use your preferred terminology in responses to helpdesk tickets, but we may not be 100% consistent.
Improved graph labels
Today we released a small improvement to the layout of graph dashboard tiles. To increase the clarity of these visualizations, we moved the unit to the y-axis label and placed the disaggregation choice at the top of the graph. It frees up a little more room for the legend as well.
IATI Hub: support added for participating organizations' IATI activity IDs
Another small update to our IATI activity file exports — in the Partner Organization table, where you identify which organizations should appear as "participating organizations" in your IATI export, you can now add each organization's internal activity identifier or code. DevResults will concatenate each partners' organizational identifier with their provided internal activity identifier to create a unique activity identifier. This will help link your activity record to their's for enhanced traceability.
Updates to data entry grid
We've updated the grids where users enter data for direct entry indicators. These new grids look a little different, but more importantly, this allowed us to fix in place the column headings and row labels. Now, if you need to scroll through a big table, you'll always know what cell you're editing.
Along with this update, we've separated the indicator Targets & Data tab into two tabs… Targets and Data. The targets are in the targets tab, and you can probably guess the rest.
Other changes you might notice: The comments field in data entry grids is a little different and you can now use the tab key to quickly move between cells.