Rename "Activity"

One of DevResults' most anticipated features is finally here. We can now rename the concept of an "activity" to anything you like. Whether you work with projects, programs, grants, offices, operating units, partners, awards, or teams, your DevResults site can reflect the terminology of your organization. Plus, your chosen term will be translated automatically for users who view the platform in another language. Two caveats: All help materials and training »

Notifications: Now in an Inbox Near You!

To Do: Celebrate. Due Date: Now. Details: Advanced notifications settings are here. DevResults site owners and administrators can now choose: What actions in each site trigger a notification, Which users receive notifications, and The frequency with which they receive these notifications. How do I use this? As a site administrator, you can now select what actions in your DevResults site warrant in-app or email notifications, including overdue checklist items, new »

Professional Development at DevResults

DevResults instituted a sabbatical policy earlier this year. We looked into types of sabbaticals across sectors and found a wide variety; for us, an employee earns 12 weeks to focus on professional development for every five years of service. In light of this policy, I’m excited to share that I’ll be attending a programming course from June 24th to October 4th. What this means for you: In the »

How a Suggestion Becomes a Feature

DevResults prides itself on continuous innovation in response to our users’ needs. Every improvement we make is a response to the feedback we get in person and through our help desk. As our company grows, DevResults works constantly to optimize our own internal processes. We strive for transparency in how we evaluate and execute feature suggestions, and this blog post will offer a peek behind the curtain of our feature »

Linked Tables 2.0: Now with Indicators

Last year, we began working on a big project to bring you relational data tables. Today, the project is complete. Relational data tables allow you to link one or more tables by information common to both. The project involved three stages: Rewrite the existing data tables in a programming language that's more flexible and efficient. (Completed in 2018) Create the user interface for designing and interacting with relational tables. (Completed »

The Great 2019 Menu Update

We’re releasing an update tonight that will change the layout of DevResults menus. This update won’t add or subtract any menu items or features, just rearrange them in a more intuitive way. The four main menus will be: Data, for accessing features where you can view or edit indicator data Program Info, the place to manage the content of your DevResults site Tools, for additional features that aren't »

DevResults Data Challenge #1

At the end of 2018, we launched our first of many DevResults Challenges for our users. The challenge was simple: clean up previous reporting periods. If you missed out on the challenge, don't worry; organizations can work toward this goal at any time. Check out our video for details and tips. Several organizations participated in the challenge, and we're happy to announce the following winners! These programs and organizations demonstrated »

Salary Transparency at DevResults

Here at DevResults, we gave ourselves a present for Equal Pay Day - a spreadsheet with every employee’s current salary and pay history, from our newest hires to our founder/CEO. Why salary transparency? We believe in salary fairness. Evidence shows that progress to close the gender pay gap is stagnating, and the gap may even be widening. To address the problem, we need to bring it to light. »

Good, Cheap, Fast - Pick Two

By: Chris Gegenheimer (Chemonics) and Leslie Sage (DevResults) Back in September, Chemonics and DevResults spoke at MERL Tech DC about the inherent compromise involved when purchasing enterprise software. In short, if you want good software that does everything you want exactly the way you want it, cheap software that is affordable and sustainable, and fast software that is available immediately and responsive to emerging needs, you may have to relax »

Extroverted Data: Beyond the Basics of Open Data

Here at DevResults, we believe in transparency and openness. It's in our company culture code. It's why we support things like the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), both philosophically and technically. And as part of the international development community, we just think transparency and openness make sense. That's why we've been following the development and implementation of USAID's Open Data Policy, aka ADS 579, aka the Development Data Library (DDL) »

IATI: The Next Level

All of the world's major donors have agreed to publish their data using the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard. Many now require that grantees and recipients report back to them in IATI format. In 2017, DevResults responded by developing one-click IATI exports. Earlier this summer we expanded our IATI support to include additional activity information. Now we've added even more options to better serve our customers who face mandatory »

IATI Progress Report

We're actively working to expand our support of the IATI activity standard. We've already enabled IATI exports for the activity data housed in DevResults and this next phase will expand the scope of information you can include. It is our intention to offer complete tools for adding and exporting the following IATI activity elements by July 15th, though you may see some of them go live earlier: recipient-country recipient-region sector »

What's next with GDPR?

On May 23, DevResults hosted a discussion on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In partnership with Sonjara and SurveyCTO, we wanted to bring together our clients, partners, and the international development community to discuss GDPR and its implications for the community as a whole. With just two days to go before the law came into effect, the room was a mixture of stress, excitement, and uncertainty. Our »

GDPR, DevResults, and You

You’ve probably received a dozen emails in the past few weeks from companies letting you know that they’ve updated their privacy policies and terms of service. The impetus for this is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- an EU regulation that seeks to protect the privacy of individuals -- which comes into effect on May 25. Why is this important? The new regulation means organizations (private, public, »

2018 Roadmap

We shared what we built in 2017. Here's where we're headed next. Our team recently collaborated to lay out our 2018 goals for DevResults. From many competing priorities, we established a set of objectives that reflect the needs of our users, the direction of international development, and our vision for how to deliver excellent software and service. Not all of these goals will be accomplished this year but they will »

Are You Savvy on SaaS? Why Software as a Service Makes Sense for M&E

It's been happening again lately: I'll be working with an organization to figure out how we can help them manage their data. They'll be excited about working with our team, getting organized, and of course, a future filled with beautiful visualization and dashboards. Then, I'll get the call/email. "My boss/board/C-suite exec wants to know if we'll own the system." "Do we have to keep paying for the »

2017 Retrospective

At the start of 2017, we laid out a fairly ambitious roadmap for the year. At a high level, we wanted to increase the usefulness of DevResults beyond the realm of M&E: to make it accessible, usable, and useful for a broader swath of users. To that end, we targeted improvements in two areas: data visualization and granular data collection (data tables). This is the majority of what »

Upgrades to Data Tables

Stage one is complete. We're in the middle of a big project to bring you relational data tables. Relational data tables will allow you to link one or more tables by information common to both. For example, you'll be able to have one table of trainees and a separate table of all the trainings they attend without needing to repeat demographic information (age, sex, etc.) about them every time. This »

January 3rd Unscheduled Downtime

For the past couple of days we have been busy proactively migrating our infrastructure to new machines due to a mandatory scheduled maintenance on Microsoft Azure that was rumored to be about the recent security vulnerability affecting microprocessors. We were planning to migrate the production infrastructure this weekend, before the January 9th, 2018 deadline at which Microsoft would automatically perform the maintenance. However, after Google came forward with full details »

Progress Update: Relational Data Tables

What are relational tables? Relational tables let you link two or more tables using information shared between them. Imagine a table of beneficiaries and a table survey responses. The beneficiary table includes the beneficiary's ID and demographic information about them. In the table of survey responses, each response set would be identified with the ID of the beneficiary who took the survey. If these tables are relational, or "linked", then »

How to Buy M&E Software and Not Get Bamboozled!

While there is no way to guarantee that M&E software will solve all of your problems or make all of your colleagues happy, there absolutely are things you can do during the discovery, procurement, and contracts stages to mitigate against the risk of getting bamboozled. #1 – Trust no one. Test everything. Most development practitioners I speak with are balancing a heavy load of client work, internal programmatic and »

October 2nd Incident Report

On October 2nd, 2017, DevResults experienced intermittent availability between 07:01 am UTC and 12:24 pm UTC, with complete unavailability between 11:54 am UTC and 12:24 pm UTC. We understand how important DevResults is to our partners and we are deeply sorry for this event and any issues it may have caused. Below is an explanation of the cause, what we've done to correct the issue and »

New Dashboards Are Here

After months of work and four months in beta testing and refinement, we are proud to announce the official release of our New Dashboards. Dashboards have been completely rewritten to provide snappier visualization, multiple and shared dashboards, customizable default dashboards, faster performance, more filters, and an updated look. Here's a rundown of the changes. New Functionality Multiple Dashboards - Create a dashboard for your own navigation. Create one for the »

Introducing: New Indicator Choropleth Maps

We are pleased to announce our latest major visualization overhaul: the new Indicator Choropleth Map. What It Gives You The new version of the Indicator Choropleth Map (visible on the Indicator Reports tab under Map) will generate a choropleth map based on your indicator's data, just as it always has, and you can configure which reporting period and geographic disaggregation you want the map to display. But we've added several »

Single Sign-On Integration

We know how hard it can be to manage an ever-growing suite of tools and software across your organization. While we work hard to keep improving DevResults to meet your M&E data management needs, we know we're not the only piece of software in your toolbox. We're continuing to look for ways to offer smooth and more seamless integration with your other tools, and so we're happy to »