FAQ

METIS

If the organisation is funded (directly or indirectly) by the Netherlands MFA, and recently started publishing IATI data, it’s possible that the METIS dashboard hasn’t picked up the file yet. Please check first if you have referred to the MFA correctly (see question #2). If that doesn’t help, send an email to helpdesk-opendata@minbuza.nl and we will check.

There are several possible causes. Please check the following:

  • Are there transactions of type 1 (incoming funds) or 11 (incoming commitment)? If they are not in your IATI file, the activity of the organisation doesn’t link back to the MFA activity.
  • Do the incoming funds and incoming commitments have the correct provider-activity-ID? It’s possible the provider-activity-id is missing or incorrect. More information on how to fix that is in this Technical Tip.

If it’s none of the above, email us at helpdesk-opendata@minbuza.nl with a link to the file in the IATI registry and if possible the ID of the MFA activity it should refer back to, and we will have a look.

The MFA activity only shows up in METIS if at least one of the partners refers back to it correctly with a provider-activity-ID, so please check the answer for the question above this one.

Check the following:

  • Did you fill in baseline, actual, and target? Or did you fill it with something else than numbers? Putting ‘n/a’ in a baseline or target, for example, will trip METIS because it expects numbers. If your baseline is zero, type ‘0’ and not ‘n/a’ or similar. See also our Technical Tip on baselines.
  • Is ‘aggregation’ in each result and each indicator set to ‘yes’? If they are numerical and can be aggregated, please make sure it says so in the details of the results area. Sometimes results or indicators are not suitable for aggregation. In that case, they will still be visible in the tab for detailed results but not in aggregated visuals. It is also possible to have qualitative indicators. Those, too, will not be visible in visuals but are present in the detailed results section.
  • If it’s none of the above, email us at helpdesk-opendata@minbuza.nl with a link to the file in the IATI registry.

It is, by the way, extremely useful to add baselines and targets. For output indicators, your baseline will almost always be 0. Your data will be much more useful if you add baselines and targets where ever you can.

That depends. Sometimes, this idea is incorrect. IATI results and indicators can have many ways of measuring. There are in fact five, including qualitative indicators. Have a look here and see if one of them fits to your results https://iatistandard.org/en/iati-standard/203/codelists/indicatormeasure/.If you use non-numerical measures like qualitative indicators, METIS will of course not visualise it in an aggregated way, but you will still have reported your results in IATI, in a way that fits the nature of the activity. This is in line with the MFA Guidelines.

If this doesn’t solve the issue, you can post a question on our forum to see what other IATI publishers think. As a last resort, you could attach a narrative document on the results to your IATI report on this activity.

We certainly can. Send us the link at helpdesk-opendata@minbuza.nl and we will have a look, and discuss the results with you. You can also check it yourself with the Dataworkbench and by reading the ministry’s IATI Publishing Guidelines.

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