Add an Indicator

To add an indicator, first go to the Results dropdown menu and select "Indicators".

Click "+ New Indicator".

This will open a Create New Indicator pop-up.

This pop-up has two fields:

  • The Code is the unique identifier for each indicator. Each indicator must have a different Code. You might want to use the codes that people already commonly use to refer to each indicator. If you don't use any codes to identify indicators, we advise you to come up with a coding system that relates to the way you think about how these indicators are organized, such as referencing the results frameworks, sectors, or indicator types.
  • Give your indicator a Name that clearly describes what you are counting or measuring. Phrases like "Increase in certifications" or "Level of support" are not indicators. The indicator names would instead be something like "# trainees certified" or "Average support score on a scale of 1-10". We have found that it is faster and easier to read through indicators that are abbreviated with "#" for "Number of", "%" for "Percentage of", and "$" for "Value of".

Click "+ Create Indicator".

Note: If you are unable to complete this action, then you do not have permission to create indicators. Please speak with your supervisor.

The following information about creating indicator definitions is a summary. For more detailed explanations about each aspect of an indicator's definition, please see our Indicator Guidebook.

Under the Characteristics section of the indicator definition page, select an option for each indicator characteristic.

  • Data Source describes how information will be entered:
    • Select "Enter indicator results directly" to report the actual count, sum, or average for the indicator.
    • Select "From a formula" to calculate this indicator using data entered from other indicators.
    • Select "Populate from a data table" to report individual records and have the system do the aggregation for you, rather than directly reporting an aggregated total as you would in direct entry.
  • Indicator Type describes how information will be calculated.
  • Number Format describes how information will be displayed.
  • Unit should be the thing you are counting or measuring. If your unit does not appear in the dropdown menu, click on the gearbox to the right that says "Edit standard units" and add it.
  • Periods, Targets defines the type of targets for this indicator:

    • Periodic: Indicator result targets (numerical goals) that refer to only what you want to accomplish for each reporting period

    • Cumulative: Indicator result targets that refer to what you want to have accomplished since the beginning of the activity's work (the cumulative goal at any given point)

Under the Disaggregations section of the indicator definition page, you must select an option for the reporting level and activities sections; disaggregations are optional.

  • Disaggregations will add non-geographic disaggregations.
    • Click the "+ add disaggregations" button and select the relevant disaggregation(s) from the dropdown list to add it.
    • If your disaggregation does not appear in the dropdown menu, click on the gearbox to the right that says "Edit master list of disaggregation factors".
    • If you select 2 or more disaggregations, you can choose to disaggregate these in parallel or cross.
  • The Reporting Level is the geographic disaggregation for indicator results.
    • All indicators must be defined with a single Reporting Level.
    • If your indicator is not disaggregated geographically, you still need to list your country as the Reporting Level to indicate that results for this indicator refer to the whole country (or the whole world for multi-country instances).
    • The options for Reporting Level are "Location or Facility" and each of your country's administrative divisions, such as "Province" or "District" or your country itself. Note that the administrative divisions will vary based on your DevResults site configuration.
    • Facilities and Locations are points on a map with a single set of coordinates. Facilities might include schools or hospitals. Locations might include villages or cities.
    • Administrative divisions, including the whole country, are shapes on a map.
  • For Activities, results are reported separately for each activity by default.
    • Click in the "+ To add an activity, start typing its name..." box, begin typing the Activity name, and select the appropriate activities that will report on this indicator.
    • Optionally, you can check the "Targets are set separately for each activity" if targets will be set this way.

A completed Disaggregation section might look like this:

Under the Classification section of the indicator definition page, select the part(s) of your results framework(s) that your indicator contributes to.

The other sections (Justification, Data Acquisition, Data Quality, and Data Analysis, Review, and Reporting) of the indicator definition page are optional.

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