Journey #5: Programs

As an administrator for your organization, you have the ability to create a “Program” in Kinaki.

In Kinaki, a “Program” is referring to an overarching or umbrella “package” for several (or many!) projects.

It might be helpful to start with this in mind before building each of your projects that will fall into a future program!


Getting Started

At the Program level, you can include as many nested projects as you like.

Depending on how large your organization is, how much you are using Kinaki (and what for!) will determine if you want or need to create programs (and how many!).

For example, you could have a Program designated to “Health and Nutrition”, which may have several different projects (with the same or different funder) connected to it.

Or, you could have a Program that is really more of a multi-country project (according to your organization). In this way, you can set up your Kinaki Program as the umbrella “project”, and create a separate project for each country you are working in.


Aggregating Project Results

This overview style can benefit you in several ways, but the main feature is to enable the aggregation of results from all (or selected) projects within the program and see your results on that higher level.

This reduces the time and manual resources often required to aggregate indicator results either for all the different countries you are working in for the same project, or for many different projects that have the same overarching theme.


Implementing Custom Fields

This is also helpful for being able to use our custom fields within your projects – for when someone asks a question similar to “how many projects to we have that are working with children?”.

When creating your projects – make sure you think about adding some Custom Fields to ‘tag’ your project with certain themes/ideas/concepts, for ease of searchability across projects at the higher program level.

Some users have used internal or external measures, such as funding initiatives or sustainable development goals.


Filling in the Blanks

If you’ve designed a project in Kinaki before, you’ll understand how to create a program – from the Program Logic to the Program Indicators.

We’ve written out the step-by-step instructions for you to match your data and aggregate your results. This functionality is especially impressive when you are creating your program reports.


Next Steps

While Programs can be used by any organization, the best use of these features rely on building a multi-project analysis. To explore this properly, consider learning more about how a paid subscription can support your organization.

As always, refer back to the User Guide if you need support (and reach out to us at community@kinaki.ca if you can’t find what you’re looking for!) – our guidance is written with you in mind – helping you out every step of the way!


Have you watched our Overview video yet? Or explored the Demo Project video series? Both will give you even better understanding of how Kinaki works, and how you can be most efficient and effective with your time working in Kinaki.


We’ll hone in on how Kinaki can help your MEAL+ work from a theoretical perspective. Give the next Journey a read through to get started.

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