Short answer: No. If you need to make a substantive change to an indicator's definition, you must make a new indicator.
Substantive changes to indicator definitions include:
- Data Source
- Indicator Type
- Reporting Level
- "Results are reported separately for each activity"
Why can't you change this information for existing indicators?
An indicator's definition creates the rows and columns of the behind-the-scenes tables that store your indicator results. If you get rid of a column that stores your data, you get rid of the data, too. For example, if you have reported non-disaggregated data for an indicator and want to switch to disaggregated data, there's nowhere to put the non-disaggregated results.
What changes to an indicator are ok?
Changes to the name, codes, and text descriptions of indicators are ok. It's a question of M&E, not software capability, as to whether or not a descriptive change invalidates comparisons between data collected before and after such changes. Possible descriptive changes in DevResults include the sections on the indicator definition page for:
- Definition (Name, Code, Reference #, Active?, Definition) See this page for instructions on how to update this information.
- Classification (Results Framework, Sectors, Tags)
- Data Acquisition (Collection Method, Sources, Acquisition Frequency)
- Data Quality (Limitations, Quality Notes)
- Data Analysis, Review, and Reporting (Analysis, Review, Reporting)
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