IATI Hub: support added for @humanitarian flag, first of several humanitarian items

Many International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) publishers are beginning to include additional humanitarian-only fields in their activity files, partly in response to the humanitarian community’s Grand Bargain reforms as well as the integration of the IATI data standard with the UN's Financial Tracking Service (FTS). Many more will begin to do so now that donors are rolling out requirements for their humanitarian partners and recipients.

In response, we plan to add several additional humanitarian fields to our IATI Hub tool in the coming weeks, but today we added the most basic: a checkbox to indicate whether or not an activity is related to humanitarian aid (the so-called "humanitarian flag" or @humanitarian attribute). By default, all activities are set to '0' or false, but you can change the status to '1' or true by going to the IATI tab for any Activity and ticking the box.

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We'll keep you apprised as other small IATI updates roll out!

Sunsetting "Rate Per" Indicators

Less than half of 1% of indicators in DevResults are defined with the "Rate Per" number format, and less than half of those have any indicator results reported. This is a feature that adds complexity without adding value, so we're streamlining indicator definitions by sunsetting this option.

Introduced in DevResults' earliest days, the "Rate Per" indicator number format was intended to capture indicators like "number of live births per 1000 pregnancies". It captured that "1000" as a number in a separate field, but there has never been any functional difference between that and simply naming your indicator "number of live births per 1000 pregnancies". Either way, indicator results are reported as whole numbers or decimals and are calculated as an average across times and places.

As of now, no new indicators can be created with the "rate per" number format.

If your organization has any existing "rate per" indicators, a custom query has been added to your site with a list of these indicators at Tools > Custom Queries > "Rate Per" indicators. These indicators must be updated to Whole Number, Decimal, or Percentage by November 1st.

If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at help@devresults.com.

Filter indicators by activity

You can now filter indicators in the indicator index by which activities report on them! This is part of our work to make filtering, sorting, and exporting information from various DevResults indices as easy as possible. Please let us know about any other filters that might help you by reaching out to us at help@devresults.com

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Improved Partner Dashboard

Another small change from us this week: We've updated our partner dashboard so it looks a lot similar to a non-partner dashboard.

None of the functionality on this page has changed, but we'll hopefully have a few more updates to this page soon! rn-partnerdash.png

To find out more about partner functionalities, please refer to our Knowledge Base

Improved "Add a Dashboard" button

We've changed the button you click on to add a new dashboard.rn-addadash.png

Previously, this was a hidden button that you had to hover over to add a new dashboard. We've now made it clearer and more discoverable for all users.

It's a very small change but we hope it makes adding a new or existing dashboard more intuitive!

"Program targets" are now "Global targets"

DevResults supports two types of targets:

  • Activity target, which are specific to each individual activity
  • Program targets, which can be set independently of activity targets, and apply to the entire portfolio as a whole

While this functionality has not changed, many clients were confused by the term "program targets" as they use activities to track entire programs in DevResults. In order to make our terminology more generic and adaptable, we've updated the term "program targets" to "global targets" throughout the app. (Actually, if you noticed, the recently-released Matrix tool already uses this "global target" language!)

Other than that, both activity and global targets will continue to function as they always have.

Bye-bye, Google Fusion Tables

Earlier this year, Google announced that they would be discontinuing their Fusion Table service at the end of 2019, while some components would be turned off as soon as August. As a result, we have preemptively retired the DevResults Fusion Table integration.

We aren't aware of any users who relied on them heavily (or really, at all) but if you are a Fusion Table aficionado, get in touch at help@devresults.com and we'll do our best to mend your broken heart:-)

Tiny Change: Clearer Indicator Definition

Recently, a user asked us to clarify how targets and results are entered into the system, and we decided to make our clarification public by adding it to the Indicator Definition page.

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We're hoping this makes it clear that targets are being entered incrementally or cumulatively, while results are always entered incrementally.

As always, if you have any questions or need clarification on anything, do reach out to us at help@devresults.com.

Select all/none when bulk assigning

You can now select all and deselect all when bulk assigning activities to indicators, tags and sectors to activities, users to dashboards, etc.

Previously, you had to click through every single item that you wanted to bulk assign. This became tedious when you had to click through 100+ items with each bulk assignation.

Now you can click "Select all" on any bulk assignation modal and complete these assignments in a single click!

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Description fields in data tables

You can now add a description for each column in your Data Tables, in addition to the column name and its data type. The description will appear when you mouse over the column heading. That makes it an ideal place to add things like instructions to the person entering data, or a longer note about the data that the column captures.

To enter descriptions in a data table, go to Program Info > Data Definitions > Data Tables, open a data table, go to the Design tab and add text to the new Description field. Don't forget to save changes before leaving the page!

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To see the descriptions, go over to the Data tab of that same data table and hold your mouse over the column heading.

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Keep in mind that the description field is completely optional; if you leave it blank, the mouse-over text will simply repeat the column's name.