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VCET Organizing Fellows Program
We are looking for organizers to work through the November 2017 election to make sure every voice in Virginia is heard in this upcoming election cycle and to assist in preparing for Virginia’s upcoming 2018 General Assembly. We want to reach the voters who are often ignored by campaigns, parties and leaders. The ideal candidate has a love for politics and policy with the desire to build progressive power in Virginia. Click here to view the full job description. Please contact our new Organizing Director, Charles Brown, at email@example.com with a cover letter, resume, references and any questions or concerns.
Visions of Democracy
FutureShift is hosting an online conversation about the future of democracy. Discussions will focus on science fiction visions of democracy and civic life and how activists of today can use those visions in facing the challenges in modern democracy. The online conversation will be on October 18th at 8:30 pm. Click here to register.
Our Young Virginia Votes Center will collaborate with the VCU organization UndocuRams to host an UndocuAlly training. This session will be an overview of history, laws and policies that affect undocumented youth. There will be a review of statistics pertaining to the undocumented student body population at VCU and nationally. Resources for undocumented students will be explained and given. Stories from undocumented youth will be shared to give a holistic picture. The event will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 10 am - 2 pm at our YVV Center (26 N 8th St., 2nd Floor, Richmond, VA). Please share the Facebook event and register here.
New VAPLP Website
We have a new website for our Virginia Progressive Leadership Project! We’re now accepting applications for Cohort 4. Accepted applicants will start in March 2018. Click here to apply or nominate a strong leader from your community.
Hustle + Kindle
There was an issue with uploading the Hustle app to our Amazon tablets, but we found a link that allows you to install the Google Play store to download Hustle. Please follow this YouTube tutorial to update your tablets if you’re having the same problem. We have a number of tablets ready for use that are available to our partners. Please fill out this form if you would like to use them.
Data Tip of the Week
Preparing reports in VAN has often been a frustrating process. From getting results that don’t make sense to having limited options, report creation has been a real weakness. In view of this, today VAN is releasing Analytics Dashboards, an exciting, new, highly flexible data visualization tool that is designed to complement the analytics reports found in Report Manager.
What are Analytics Dashboards?
Dashboards allow users to compile a collection of charts and stats to track key metrics and see at-a-glance how programs or efforts are performing. Using the simple, intuitive interface, users can create as many Dashboards as they want, and charts can be customized based on the metrics and goals important to the user's organization. Users will also have access to default Dashboards that are pre-populated with strategic charts and stats so they can visualize their program's performance in just one click.
Who has access to Analytics Dashboards and how do they access them?
Users who have permission to view any of the default analytics report templates in Report Manager will automatically have the ability to create, edit, and view Dashboards. Analytics Dashboards can be accessed via a link from the main menu under the Reporting & Data Analysis section.
Which report templates in Report Manager have access to Dashboards?
Any of the following reports that a user has access to can be turned into charts that can be added to Dashboards:
. Activist Codes Report
. Contact History Report
. Counts of Contacts Report
. Digital Ads Report
. Event Participant Report
. Survey Response Report
Can users view Dashboards from mobile devices?
When users log in from their mobile device or tablet, they will be able to access their Dashboards, allowing them to check in on the go.
How fresh is the data on a Dashboard?
When users load a Dashboard, they will be able to visualize the latest data, as fresh as the underlying reports. They can also click Refresh at any time to get up-to-the-minute results.
How do users create a Dashboard?
From the main menu, users can click "Analytics Dashboards" under the Reporting & Data Analysis section, and then "Create New Dashboard." Once users enter a Name and Description for their Dashboard, they can get started right away Adding Widgets (e.g., charts).
What options do users have to customize the widgets on their Dashboard?
Charts are quick and easy to make, while at the same time highly customizable. When a user adds a chart, they:
What are default Dashboards? Which default Dashboards are available?
Instead of starting from scratch, users can click on one of the default Dashboards to immediately have access to key charts and statistics related to various program areas.
Organizing Dashboard: Weekly view of contact attempts and results, Top 10 leaderboard, event signups, activist codes, and survey responses. Users who can view the Contact History Report can access the Organizing Dashboard.
What if a user wants to change something on a default Dashboard?
While the default Dashboards are designed to be used out of the box, users may have additional or slightly different metrics they want to track, or a different time period they want to focus on, or they may want to filter the data set more narrowly. In these cases, users can clone a default Dashboard and then edit it, or they always have the option to create a Dashboard from scratch. If a user wants to include one of the stat board widgets that are found on a default Dashboard, they should clone the default Dashboard rather than start from scratch.
Can the data in a chart be sorted?
When creating a chart, users can choose a sort order and direction for the groups. The groups are automatically sorted by the X-axis values, ascending (just like on the report), but users can change this. They can sort by the same metric they're plotting to find the top or bottom groups, or they can sort by a different metric to see if there's any correlation between the metrics.
If there are a lot of groups, can users choose how many to display?
By default, we'll display the top 30 groups. However, users can set Max X Values to display from 1 to 100 groups (legibility is poor beyond this). They can choose 10 to create Top 10s,.
How can users see progress towards a goal or against a budget?
When creating a chart, users can set a Reference Line Value and Label to indicate a goal, benchmark, or budget. This way, users can easily see how they're performing relative to that line.
Can the data on a Dashboard be filtered?
A number of filters are available to customize the data set visualized on a Dashboard. As a user adds a chart, any applicable filters will become available in the filter panel. When users set a filter, all widgets on the Dashboard that can be filtered by that filter will update. Each widget has a filter indicator icon that displays how many filters have been applied to that widget, and the user can hover over the icon to see which filters have been applied.
Can widgets be rearranged or re-sized?
Once users have added the charts they want, they can drag and drop the widgets into any order and resize the widgets to customize the look and layout of their Dashboard.
What if users want to dig into the data underlying a widget?
Every widget contains a link to the underlying default report that provides the data source. If the user notices something on a chart that they want to probe more closely, they can click the link to be taken to the associated report.
Once a Dashboard has been created, who will have access to it?
A user will see any Dashboard they created listed under Analytics Dashboards. Admins will also see the Dashboards created by any of their users. For users in a data share, Dashboards will only be available in the committee it was created in.
Can Dashboards be shared?
A user can choose to share their Dashboard with other users. When viewing a Dashboard, click "Share" and choose which users to give access to. Other users will only see the data they have permission to view; if they do not have permission to view an underlying report, they will not see the data in the widget.
What if users want to change a Dashboard once it's been created?
If a user is the creator of a Dashboard (or an admin), they can edit their Dashboard at any time. Widgets can be changed, added, deleted, rearranged, or resized; filters can be changed; and the name and description can be updated.
What is the difference between Save Changes and Save As?
Once a user has made edits to a Dashboard, they have the option to "Save Changes" or "Save As."
"Save Changes" updates the configuration of the current Dashboard.
"Save As" saves the changes as a new Dashboard without modifying the original Dashboard.
Let us know if you have any questions by submitting a Support Request from within your instance of VAN.
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