Welcome to FTS Beta!
Welcome to FTS Beta – and a new look for the OCHA-managed Financial Tracking Service (FTS)! We are still a work in progress but nonetheless thought it a good moment to share with you the work to date and seek your feedback.
In this initial phase of our new site development, we’ve focused on: creating re-usable, shareable information in the form of graphs, tables and charts; making the basic headline figures more accessible to a wider range of users; and creating a communication as well as information platform.
- Visuals and signposting on the new home page include a click-through map that displays how much humanitarian funding government donors have reported, how much affected countries have received and the funding progress on response plans and appeals in the current year.
- A new ‘total reported funding’ page provides a visual overview of funding reported to FTS inside and outside response plans since 2000, with additional trend graphs and pieces of information. How much total reported funding goes to response plans each year? How much of the overall reported funding comes from just three donors? What percentage of overall funding goes to just three countries?
- An overview of the funding response to humanitarian response plans and appeals - switch years and navigate to each plan since 2000.
- Individual response plan and appeal pages that allow you to toggle between a visual summary and an enhanced data search.
- Humanitarian funding profiles of government donors since 2000.
- Humanitarian funding profiles by affected country since 2000.
- FAQ pages that explain data sources, inclusions, exclusions and processes on total reported funding and on response plans specifically.
- An In Focus section where we can write about specific topics and keep you posted on what we are doing.
We think we’ve come quite a long way in the last six months – but know there’s still much more to be done. We are especially keen to better help users drill down into the very rich data that we’ve been curating on behalf of the humanitarian community for over 20 years. With this in mind, behind the scenes we are also redesigning our data structure, database architecture and information systems. These changes should support our drive to manage, structure and process incoming data as well as to allow our users much more flexibility in terms of data manipulation and search capabilities. Meantime, you can still use the very powerful custom search on the existing FTS website.
FTS Beta will be running alongside the existing FTS website during the first half of 2016. Both sites are driven by the same source data. We will be adding and improving content, features and functionalities in FTS Beta on an ongoing basis, with a view to analyzing feedback and rolling out a complete, new site in the first half of 2016. ‘FTS classic’, which has been running more or less in the same format since 2000, will remain fully operational and functional until we’re assured that we can turn it off!
If you get a chance to look through the site and think something’s not right or could be improved, we’d love to hear from you. Half-way down the right-hand side of every page you will see a Help us improve button. It is really quick and easy to use. You can leave as much or as little feedback as you like, on the site as a whole, or on specific features. To comment on a particular graph, menu item, or any other site element, choose Specific Feedback and follow the instructions. We are currently reviewing this feedback every week and intend to reflect and report back on it on the Learn more pages.
Thank you very much for visiting. We look forward to hearing from you.
The redesign of FTS is part of a larger programme of work that seeks to improve how data collected through the humanitarian programme cycle is shared, stored and leveraged to improve humanitarian outcomes.
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