Pre-Proposal for Dash Watch Continuation with Several Additional Components and Improvements What we’ve accomplished so far: Website http://dashwatch.org built tracking all funded proposals since beginning of the DAO with over 20 metrics, multiple views, and advanced filtering Calendar/Timeline of all funded proposals and their respective milestones and events (editable by proposers upon sign-up) Globe showing location of all funded proposals Monthly research, outreach, and communication with all active proposals Reports issued monthly on all active proposals in PDF format Website Tutorial: For a detailed breakdown of our progress and budget please take a look at our last month's monthly report: https://dashwatch.org/files/1523840860223.pdf Summary: With this proposal, we are seeking funding for continued development and improvement of the Dash Watch platform, as well as ongoing funding for the communication, reporting, research and verification team. Since we first submitted our proposal in November, we significantly expanded the scope to include monthly follow-up with proposal owners and reports on all ongoing proposals. In February this included over 40 monthly reports and in March this entailed 65 reports on those who responded to us and several of those who did not. In most cases, this required researching the proposal, posing customized questions, back-and-forth correspondence, and individualized report writing. We release our reports three days before each voting cycle closes to maximize their utility and relevance. With continued funding we plan on developing and deploying a more rigorous deliverable tracking method for all proposals, creating report summaries in video form in addition to our PDFs, as well as on-camera video interviews of select proposal owners that opt to give the community a more in-depth look at what they are doing, as well as implementing a new landing page with statistics, charts/graphs relating to approved proposals. Our reporting team is composed of four and soon-to-be five highly-skilled college educated individuals, one full-time developer, and a few part-time research and data verification and entry personnel. The added scope of this proposal has required additional individuals to help collect, manage and organize all the data that is gathered. It will be our continued responsibility to actively seek the most accurate, relevant, and up-to-date information on all ongoing proposals. About Team Dash Watch @paragon on Discord - Project Manager Core/Reporting Team Reporting Team’s Shared Discord Account @DashWatchTeam (#5277) on Discord Alex L/@dash-Al (#0877) on Discord Gethen J /@GJacobs123 (#5867) on Discord Peyton R/@PeytonDw (#0877) on Discord Matthijs B @MattDash *#6481) on Discord Research, Data Verification and Entry Elizabeth G /@Serendipity#59022 on Discord Jay J Hajie H Suneera M Most members of Dash Watch are readily available on Discord for community members and proposal owners. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] or message us on the forum at DashWatchTeam. What are we proposing to do? Dash Watch will continue to collect and publish proposal performance metrics and proposal updates. In order to keep the community as fully up-to-date as possible while also keeping us as efficient as possible, we are making use of our brand-new pre-formatted logic-based survey questionnaire this month to make life easier for proposal owners. Going forward we will aim to more clearly ascertain and map out milestones and deliverables for proposals along with their respective dates and costs at the start to more effectively track proposal fulfillment over its lifetime. We would like this new system to be implemented into our website as well. We will implement our new improved landing page with proposal charts/graphs, and statistics. We also will release brief video summaries of select reports for those who prefer audiovisual content. Another goal is to begin carrying out regular on-camera interviews with some of the proposals that the community would like us to engage with to provide a more in-depth look at certain proposals’ progress and the people behind them. Scope We have significantly increased the scope of our project since the original proposal was created. Initially, Dash Watch promised a functioning website that tracked and displayed proposal metrics for proposals starting from February 2017 as well as a proposal calendar and milestone tracker. We have added coverage of all approved proposals since the treasury’s inception and added monthly proposal reports for all ongoing proposals along with an all-inclusive proposal map and an upcoming proposal statistics/graphs page. This month we plan to start implementing proposal summary videos, proposal owner interviews, more comprehensive reports for bigger-budget proposals, and potential integrations with other Dash projects that create synergy such as Dash Boost or Dash Nexus. Proposal Reports Dash Watch publishes monthly reports that outline fundamental aspects of a proposal’s progress. Our reports include the following: Financial Information - including proposal expenditures, remaining budget, budget changes Milestones/Deliverables - a clear list of what milestones or deliverables have been accomplished since the last report or the beginning of the proposal Challenges/Hurdles - outlines challenges that the proposal has faced currently as well as anticipated challenges Future plans - outlines the proposal’s plans for the upcoming months Any additional news or information the proposal would like to share with the community We also include an executive summary for community members that are limited on time and want a summary of the report. We are continuously iterating on our reporting system balancing both the time constraints proposal owners face while at the same time still acquiring and providing the necessary information to keep the community updated on all aspects of a proposal. We continue to work on our report format and information gathering model and welcome feedback from both the community and proposal owners on how this system can be improved to add additional value. Proposal Map We have created a worldwide map of where proposals have been or are currently being carried out, it can be found here: https://dashwatch.org/map Proposal Calendar We have created a calendar that outlines key proposal events or milestones, it can be found here: https://dashwatch.org/calendar Proposal Statistics Graphs/Charts We’re developing a new homepage page to illustrate general proposal statistics, categorizations, and trends. Beta site: http://dash-charts-11-apr.surge.sh/ Audiovisual Content Starting in April, Dash Watch will begin creating short videos for selected large impact proposals (~10 proposals a month). These videos will be produced by the reporting team as an additional measure to engage the community by utilizing a different medium to convey content. We will create a YouTube playlist so that proposal report summary videos can be seamlessly streamed back-to-back. We also have plans to schedule more in-depth interviews with proposal owners and publish these in a video format. We hope that this will increase proposal owner participation and buy-in. At the same time, the community will benefit from the interview being carried out by a reporting team member who has full knowledge of the happenings in that particular proposal. Cooperation with Escrow Services We’ve realized that Dash Watch has some overlap with some of the services that escrow agents provide. We are tracking and reporting on the same milestones and budget the escrow agents do. We believe it would significantly cut down on some of the escrow agent’s work if they let us help with the process. We are happy to work with any and all escrow agents in following up and keeping in contact with proposal owners. This will be a complementary added service of Dash Watch for any escrow provider that would like to offload the responsibility of milestone tracking. Increased Reporting for Targeted Proposals To ensure we return the most value to the network, Dash Watch’s monthly reports will go into even greater detail on proposals which compose the largest amount of the budget. We will more thoroughly cover deliverables, budget, and schedule. We’ve heard and seen the community feedback regarding several big projects lately - the community wants to see where and how their funding is being utilized. Community Engagement and Support Dash Watch maintains constant lines of communication with proposal owners to ensure we have the most up-to-date information. We are readily available to proposal owners and the community through email ([email protected]), discord (@DashWatchTeam @paragon or @dash-Al), and forum (DashWatchTeam). Multi-Proposal Integration The Dash Watch team has been in contact with several in-progress as well as anticipated proposals to work together to generate more value for the community. Currently these are the anticipated integrations: Dash Intel - We have been discussing with Jeff (@jeffh #5914 on discord) metrics that Intel is collecting that would also be beneficial to Dash Watch. This data could then be used by us to help proposal owners and community members. An example of such data is the type/category of proposals that get approved with the highest success rate (ex: Marketing, Merchant, Conference, etc). A current beta of how we plan to organize the data can be found here: http://dash-charts-11-apr.surge.sh/ Dash Nexus - This is an anticipated proposal that Dash Watch has been in discussion about with the proposal owner. Nexus is an overhaul of the existing proposal creation process. This could align nicely with Dash Watch because there are many elements we believe should be implemented at the pre-proposal and proposal stage for better accountability. Some changes that we’ve been discussing include: Clear milestones/deliverables at the onset - in our current system there are many proposals who do not give clear milestones and this makes it more difficult for us to gauge their progress and hold them accountable Proposal categories - rather than having Dash Watch categorize proposals, it would make more sense for the proposal owners to categorize their proposal from the beginning. . Budget accounting and tracking - if the budget is clearly laid out in the very beginning, then we can better evaluate the finances down the road Dash Remix - We have been in discussion with this anticipated proposal so that we can create clear swimlanes for what constitutes Remix work and what constitutes Dash Watch work. We think it will be a better use of treasury funds if there are not multiple groups working on the same tasks. Instead, we can divide and conquer the tasks. In our current iteration, Dash Watch will handle reporting proposals that are already in-progress or completed and Remix will work on grading proposals that are currently in the voting phase. Dash Boost - Dash Watch has plans to report on the larger Dash Boost proposals in addition to our current duties.