LOGGING AND REPORTING SYSTEM OF VOLUNTEER HOURS
on Villages NW Site (Starting November 27, 2021)
(Last updated on December 10, 2021) (see below for details)
|Village Name||Tag||Log Link||Report Link
|North Star Village||nsv||Logging||Reporting|
|Rainy Day Village||rdv||Logging||Reporting|
|Rivers East Village||rev||Logging||Reporting|
|River West Village||rwv||Logging||Reporting|
|Village at the Falls||vaf||Logging||Reporting|
|Village Without Walls||vww||Logging||Reporting|
|Villages West Linn/Lake Oswego||wllo||Logging||Reporting|
|Villages Clark County||vcc||Logging||Reporting|
In general, almost any activity you do for your village is reportable. However, the set of activities is not the same for all villages, the biggest difference being with time spent fulfilling a village member's request. Because of this variance by village, check your village's Logging page to see what it expects.
Each Village (and Villages NW) has a separate, password protected data base that records your data entries. As indicated above, you should record your volunteer hours that benefit a specific village in that village's "account". For example, if you are affiliated with ABC Village, but make a presentation to XYZ Village, you would record those volunteer hours under XYZ Village. Working on a Task Force that benefits all villages? Record that time under VillagesNW.
You are encouraged to record your volunteer hours soon after you give them, thus avoiding the hassle of keeping a running total yourself; let the computer keep track of the math! Be sure you don't double count; only record that volunteer hour in one place!
The volunteer hours system also contains a password-protected report generation capability. Each village's data has a unique password. When granted access, reports showing individual contributions and total contributions by category can be generated. The report type(s) and month(s) by the report are selectable. Report output can be copied and pasted into a spread sheet for further analysis. Individual data records also can be reviewed, edited or deleted as necessary to correct erroneous data.
In February 2015 Viva Village developed a small web-enabled data base application to support gathering reports from our volunteers of the hours they were contributing to our village's formation efforts. When several other villages indicated interest in getting a copy of the program, the developer revised the program to support multiple villages rather than trying to train multiple admins and support multiple variants at multiple hosts. The scripts are written PHP and use a separate SQLite database for each village. The hours program gathers data from volunteers, and the reports program processes the data. In November 2021, the programs were moved from the Viva Village website to the Villages Northwest Web site.
Please report any problems you encounter with the programs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons responsible for report generation should request information on passwords and configuration options from the same address.
Dec 10, 2021:
* Reports module - When showing detailed records and sucessfully editing one, user is given new ability to rerun his last report with all options remembered to see the effect of the change.
* Reports module - For the 6-category version (used by EastSide and WLLO) the entry of the password is in its own mini-page instead of mixed in with the report options page. This makes the 6-cat version consistent with the 2-cat version used by the majority of Villages. The passwords themselves are unchanged.
* Reports module - The 'End Session' button jumps the user to the master index page. This is because Web browsers don't allow a script to close a tab, so the old 'Close' button didn't do anything.