"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.


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!


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.

Bye-bye, legacy dashboard!

Given all the upgrades big and small that we've made to our Dashboard Tiles recently, it's finally time to bid adieu to the older version of dashboard 'widgets'. Users will no longer be able to access or view "legacy dashboard" widgets going forward (we had already disabled edit access previously).

As best we can tell — both from site analytics as well as several communications sent via release notes and our monthly newsletter — this shouldn't ruin anyone's day, but if you do in fact still use the legacy dashboard feature, do get in touch with us at help@devresults.com and we can help you transfer your dashboard over to the newer version.

Long live Dashboard Tiles!

Dashboards can display text information

You can now add text information to your dashboards using our Markdown Tile option!

To add a markdown tile, click on (+) Add tile and then select the Markdown Tile option.


You can then click on the gear icon to modify the text in the tile. We use markdown syntax to format text in all narrative fields.


Adding dashboards is now easier

Tiny change: We've made the process of adding a new dashboard more discoverable. Previously, the button to add a new dashboard was grey. We've changed the color of the "Add new dashboard" button to blue so users can find it easily and without training.


Clarification on dashboard sharing

Tiny change: When you create a new dashboard, you have the option to make the dashboard available for other users. This lets others add the dashboard to their own collection of dashboards or make a copy as a starting point for a new dashboard.

The popup now shows the language "Make available to other users". It used to say "Share with other users".

The previous version was a little ambiguous; someone could have reasonably thought that checking the box would add this dashboard to other users' pages. The new version clarifies that checking the box simply makes the dashboard available in the "Add Existing Dashboard" tab.

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Embed Dashboard Tiles (and Say Goodbye to Legacy Dashboards)

You can now embed Dashboard Tiles on external web pages. Just click on the gear icon in the upper left of any Dashboard Tile and press the blue Embed button to configure and generate your embed code.


If embeds sound familiar to you, it's because users have long been able to embed Legacy Dashboard Widgets, but now the newer Dashboard tool has reached full "feature parity" with the previous version. That means that as of right now, anything Legacy Dashboards can do, new and improved Dashboards can do better!

Now that we've achieved feature parity, we plan to retire the Legacy Dashboard feature within the next couple weeks. All legacy dashboards are currently in a read-only state with a banner message announcing that they are going away soon. If you need support to recreate your old dashboards using the new Dashboard tool, please let us know!