Multi-sheet data table uploads

You can now create or edit data tables by uploading multi-sheet Excel files. Previously, data table uploads would automatically use the first sheet in an Excel file. Now, a dropdown menu lets you select which sheet to upload when creating a data table or importing data.

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Add tags to data tables

Previously, you could search and filter data tables by name. Now, you can tag data tables for easier searching and filtering on that table's definition page.

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And you can search and filter tables by those tags!

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Site administrators can also manage all data tables tag using the Tag Index

Upload assignments of indicators to results framework objectives

Previously, an indicator's results framework objectives were only visible and editable on each indicator's definition page.

Now you can:

  1. View these objectives in the indicator index
  2. Add or edit these assignments by creating or editing multiple indicators using an Excel upload

If you only have one framework, you'll see just the objective code, like 1.1. If you have more than one framework, the framework's code precedes the objective's code, like M/1.1 or F/1.1. Multiple objectives for a single indicator are shown (and can be uploaded) separated by commas.

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Add links to data tables

You can now add links to data tables for additional documentation. Previously, any links added as "Other Text" were recorded as plain text and did not automatically turn into a link. Now any links you paste into an "Other Text" column (as long as there is no other text in that column) will be automatically converted into a link.

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Rename 'partner organization'

The list of things you can rename in the DevResults interface is growing — now in addition to 'activities', 'locations', and 'awarding organizations', you can also swap out your preferred term for 'partner organizations' (e.g. 'subs', 'grantees', or just 'partners').

Changing 'partner organizations' to a different term is a little tricky:

  • While an activity can have more than one 'partner organization', it has only one 'primary organization' with which all results data is associated, so both terms must be given new names (e.g. 'grantees' and 'lead grantee').
  • Partner orgs and awarding orgs are both 'organizations', so care must be taken to avoid using names that fundamentally change the concept of an organization (though 'organization' too can be renamed if you prefer).

Just send us a note at help@devresults.com and we'll work with you to find the appropriate terms.

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/default terms. We do our best to use your preferred terminology in responses to Helpdesk tickets, but we may not be 100% consistent.

IATI: "Partner Types" renamed "Partner Roles" for clarity

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…

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.

If you have any questions about how to use MultiMatrix, see our help article here or get in touch at help@devresults.com

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:

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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.

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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.

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If you see this warning, try using a stronger password, or better yet, use a password manager that generates and remembers super-secure passwords for you!

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 help@devresults.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', '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.