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- How To Get Submissions
- Managing Submissions
How To Get Submissions
In order to get submissions, you have to have a form that is published and actively accepting submissions. You will need to share the link with people so that you can start to receive submissions. For more details on how to create, publish and manage forms you can visit this help article.
Once you have published your form and shared the links with your target audience, you should start receiving notifications that you have new submissions. To view your submissions, head to your Management Area, click on "Forms & Story Generator" on the left-hand side, and then the "Submissions” tab to view all of the submissions.
Submissions can be filtered, sorted and searched to suit your workflow:
- Order and group your submissions by their state, recent activity or organization.
- Filter your list of submissions to only show particular state(s).
- Search your entire history of submissions using the text search field. This will not search the contents of the submission, just the 'Applicant Name', 'Form Name', Organization Name'.
Key information about the date, applicant and current state is available for each submission at a glance. Common actions to perform for each submission, such as messaging or changing state, are also accessible for each submission in the list.
Submission States & Icons
Every submission has a series of process states that can be updated by an administrator at any time by clicking on the Current State of a submission or by clicking the three dots on a submission and then clicking “Change State”.
When you are in the Change State window, you have the ability to notify the submitter of the change and provide a custom message as well. If you are changing to one of the states to do with approvals, you will also see any numeric or monetary fields that you have marked as 'Requires confirmation on state change'.
It is up to you and your team to decide how informal or formal your process to be. You can choose to use all of the states or simply skip states that do not apply. You may even have different workflows for different forms. Here are the following state options and how they are commonly used:
- Unprocessed - Every new submission starts in this state. The review process has not yet begun.
- In Review - You have started to look at the submission, but no decision has been made yet. This stage may include communications with the applicant, internal discussions, external validation or any other requirements your workflow requires.
- Approved - The submission has been approved. Fields marked as 'Requires confirmation on state change' will be presented to you to verify and edit (if desired) when approving. By default, the applicant will receive a notification, but this can be skipped.
- Paid and Distributed - The payment, sponsorship or in-kind support was delivered to the applicant. Fields marked as 'Requires confirmation on state change' will be presented to you to verify and edit (if desired) when marking as paid. By default, the applicant will receive a notification but this can be skipped.
- Declined - The submission has been declined. The applicant will receive a notification by default.
- Completed - Not all forms are meant for an approval process. An employee spotlight, impact follow-up, or survey just need to be processed and not approved. The 'Completed' state is for these types of submissions so they don't stay 'Unprocessed' forever.
- Archived - The submission was invalid, a mistake, or inappropriate in some way. Setting the state to archived will remove the submission data from any dashboards and also from most reports. This state is NOT for long-term storage of older submissions.
- Custom - If your team has a custom workflow, we can add or remove states to perfectly match your needs. Just email us at email@example.com, but note that custom support costs would apply.
In the Current State column, you may see icons next to submissions. The following list shows all of the icons and their meaning:
- The chat icon indicates an Administrator Note has been added to the submission by another administrator or reviewer on your team.
- The pencil icon indicates that at least one field was edited or adjusted by a reviewer.
- The newspaper icon indicates this submission has fields suitable for publishing a story. Red indicates a story is available but has not been published. Green indicates a story has been published at least once at some point.
- The PDF icon indicates there are files attached to this submission. Images uploaded for stories will not trigger this icon.
Along with the ability to change the state of a submission, there are a number of tools available to you to interact with the submission as well as the applicant.
There are two buttons next to the Current State for each submission:
- Details - View the details of each submission. When you click, you will be taken to the Submission Summary Page with all information about that submission in one place.
- Message (envelope icon) - Send an internal Do Some Good message to the applicant. If the applicant has kept the default notification settings, they will also receive an email with your message.
There is also a list of actions found by clicking on the three dots in the Actions column for each submission:
- Change State - A way to change the state of a submission (e.g., unprocessed, in review, approved, etc.).
- Edit Submission Values - If your form has fields that 'Require confirmation on state change', you can change the values on the submission.
- Create a Story - If you have added a “Suitable for story flag" to questions in your form, click this button and responses to those questions and our Story Generator will auto-create a story FOR that you can share on social media, auto-feed to your website, or share on local media sites (where available).
- Add Connection - If the applicant, or the organization they represent, has a profile on the Do Some Good platform, you can add them as a community connection.
- Request Testimonial - If the applicant is an administrator of an organization on the Do Some Good platform, you can request a testimonial from them.
- Print / Print to PDF - A way to print a hard copy of the submission or convert to a PDF to share digitally. The printing is managed by your web browser and will differ based on your operating system and browser choice.
Batch Processing Submissions
We've made it easy for you to process your submissions in batches or rather than one-by-one, saving you significant time.
Selecting Multiple Submissions
You are able to select more than one submission at a time using the checkboxes to the left of each submission. You can select all of the submissions on the current page by choosing 'Select All'. You can select submissions that are in different states and even ones that are from separate forms.
As soon as multiple submissions are selected, your filter, search and sort options will disappear and they will be replaced with your bulk action. There are only two actions you can take on multiple submission: 'Change State' or 'Message Applicants'.
In order to see your filter and sort options again, you must clear your batch selection.
You can change the state for all of the submissions you selected all at once - super handy!
The 'Change Submission States' window for a batch or group is very similar to the regular state change window for an individual submission, but there are few things to be aware of:
- You still have the option to notify applicants of the change, but just know that if you decide to provide a custom message, that message will be sent to ALL of your selected submissions, so ensure the message is relevant to the whole group.
- You won't see the amount the submitter asked for or any updates to that amount that your admins have made. If you have fields that require confirmation before you can change state, a message will appear (see below). Before you can change the state for the batch of submissions, you will need to go back and confirm those values first.
You can message your selected batch of submissions all at once - big time saver! The most common use for this is approvals and declines.
Submission Data & Reports
The data for every submission can always be accessed in the custom report for each form. Details on how reports work and where you can find summary data can be found here.
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