Views impact reporting system
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Views is an impact reporting system, delivered by research group Substance in partnership with British Telecom.
Organisations can use the web-based service to collect, analyse and report on a wide range of operational, performance and impact data to different stakeholders, audiences and funders.
Views supports a whole range of impact reporting tasks including: storage of data, recording of details about the projects and programmes, upload of media files and documents, generation of reports for different audiences, creation of bespoke questionnaires and surveys, statistical processing and generation of charts to visualise data, linking of outputs to outcomes (to evidence impact contribution), calculation of the cost of achieving specific outcomes, comparisons of the performance of different services. Further upgrades are ongoing.
Resource type: software
Resource application: directly applies to setting up an M&E system which covers all aspects of measurement (output, outcome, impact), enables the agregation of data across projects, and demonstrates the overall impact of work. This is not international development specific, it has mainly been used at the UK level so far and is being tested by organisations working in the international field.
High skills. Comprehensive system but requires time to learn and costs money to purchase.
Big is trialling the use of Views with its Realising Ambition programme and emerging evaluation findings suggest it is looking like a useful approach in terms of its ability to collect info across a portfolio of projects and aggregate. However, projects need a lot of 1-to-1 support to help them understand how to use Views to maximum effect, and also to help them understand how to upload information reasonably consistently across the portfolio.