DevResults release notes
DevResults release notes
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Add up to 10 administrative division levels

 

Brand New!

 

 

You can now add up to ten administrative division levels in your site for further geographic granularity. Previously, we limited you to five administrative division levels.

If you would like to add any new levels to your site, send a note to help@devresults.com with details on what you would like to add.

Separate permissions for creating/assigning "categorizers"

 

Improvement

 

 

DevResults offers a bunch of options for labeling your program information. Among these "categorizers" are Mechanisms and Status Options (which apply to activities), Sectors (which apply to activities and indicators), and Tags (which apply to activities, data tables, indicators, locations, organizations, and photos).

Previously, any user who had the ability to assign a categorizer to an activity, etc., also had the ability to create new categorizers.

This update lets you differentiate between the permission to create versus assign categorizers.

For example, a contributor on this site would be able to assign mechanisms and sectors to activities because they have "View & Edit" permissions for the activity overview page, but they would not be able to create new mechanisms and sectors because they only have "View" access to the lists of mechanisms and sectors. (The same would be true for the "Status Option" and "Tag Manager" options.)

Categorizer Permmissions

Activity performance tab now includes inactive indicators

 

Improvement

 

 

Previously, each activity's performance tab only showed active indicators. Based on feedback from you, we changed this to include all indicators.

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In the future we plan to add filters to this page so you can choose which indicators to view, but for now this offers an easy snapshot of all indicators for an activity.

Rename activity description fields

 

Brand New!

 

 

The activity description fields (Context, Objectives, etc.) can now we renamed to whatever you would like!

We recommend hewing somewhat closely to the original definitions (especially if you already have lots of text in there), but if you'd like to use different terminology, we can make that happen. Just send a note to help@devresults.com with your preferred term(s) for any of the following:

  • Context: ____
  • Objectives: ____
  • Summary: ____
  • Expected Results: ____
  • Beneficiary Description: ____
  • Deliverables & Reporting: ____

There are also several other terms you can rename in DevResults.

New Reporting Period Filter Tools for Visualizations

 

Improvement

 

 

DevResults just released an update that expands and streamlines reporting period filtering functionality for visualizations. (Say that three times fast!)

Previously, there was a mix of tools for filtering reporting periods on graphs, matrices, maps, and pie charts. Some had checkboxes, some had timelines, and some had automatic options, like for setting a dashboard tile to always show the most recent reporting period. We've combined the best of each option into a single set of tools.

Here's a quick overview:

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  1. When choosing the reporting period(s) for your visualization, first choose your selection mode. The default is Fixed reporting period(s), which means that you intend to select them yourself below (or by default, include all periods with data). The auto options select the reporting period(s) for you. Hover over each one for the definition. These options are especially useful for dashboard tiles if you want the tile's data to automatically update to a different period in the future.

  2. For visualizations that only support one reporting cycle at a time, choose which cycle you'd like to visualize.

  3. If you've chosen the "Fixed reporting period(s)" selection mode, use the checkboxes to include reporting periods in your visualization. If you've selected an auto option, the included periods will be displayed with checks but will not be editable.

NOTE: Reporting period selection tools are affected by whether you choose to view data incrementally or cumulatively in the Display panel. When viewing data cumulatively, data for all reporting periods will be included up to the final reporting period you choose. For example, if you show data cumulatively through 2020 Q4, you cannot uncheck any earlier periods.

Full geography lineage on data table imports

 

Improvement

 

 

A while back, we made it possible to see and select the full geographic lineage of an administrative division (e.g. Northern Region, Uganda) in a data table dropdown menu. This was due to a number of clients reporting that they had ambiguous admin division titles ("Northern Region") occurring in multiple countries (Ghana, Uganda, Zambia).

Now, that same fix has been added to the Excel data table templates as well. If you still have old templates floating around out there, they will still work (with just the admin division title, not the full lineage), but be aware that ambiguous admin division names may result in mismatched data. We recommend that you start using the new templates at your earliest convenience.

Bookmark data tables

 

Brand New!

 

 

Users can now bookmark data tables and easily access them via the Bookmarks menu or via their dashboards!

To bookmark a data table, simply navigate to the table and click on the star icon at the top right corner.

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The table will now be available in your Bookmarks menu:

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You can also add a new Bookmark Data Tables tile to your dashboards!

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More intuitive gear menu

 

Improvement

 

 

Today our newest engineer (hi Fred!) released a small update to make the gear menu options more intuitive on an activity's reporting period page. Previously the menu referred to a "results template", but it's more accurate to call it a "direct entry template", because it's only used for direct entry indicators. You can read more in our knowledge base about indicator data sources.

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Labels on column graphs

 

Brand New!

 

 

Beta testers now have the option to add value labels to column graphs in DevResults. The option is shown in the display panel.

Note: This feature is currently only available to beta testers. Anyone can opt-in to view features in beta testing on the user profile. Once we've ensured that the feature works well, it will be made available to all users.

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Values appear horizontally if there's enough space for them, and vertically if there's not.

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In the future we might explore options to add labels for targets and other visualization types, but it's a complex challenge to ensure proper spacing for an infinite number of text sizes and positions.

Language choices available on login page

 

Brand New!

 

 

Users can now choose their preferred language before logging in. Admins can choose the list languages that appear on the login screen from Administration > Settings.

This update also ensures (for example) that if a French-speaking user sends a link to a Spanish-speaking user, the Spanish-speaking user will see the page in Spanish after logging in.

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