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Purpose: Allows mapping lookup values to separate admin-created values in reports.

Use Case Example: A funder requires that you only report whether a client's current living situation is Housed, Unhoused or Not Reported. You collect this data using the ‘Current Living Situation’ lookup list but currently collect 10 different living situations types. You want to create a report that pulls from your current data but shows the funder-required values without having to create a new, funder-specific field.

Cost: No additional cost. Enabled on all sites.

During development, the informal name for this feature was "The Transformer". It is not called that for fear of getting a copyright violation notice from the movie company. But referenced here so anyone searching this site will find this page.

Step 1: Create an Index Set

An Index Set is a collection of lookup lists whose values are mapped to other values using the Export Index Management tool. Admins can create an Index Set for each funder in order to list out the various lookups that need to be mapped and exported specifically for that funder, or can create Index Sets for internal reporting and day-to-day metrics for folks like managing attorneys, supervisors, etc. Admins can create as many Index Sets as needed, and Index Sets can be edited, inactivated, and updated as needed. 

Navigate to Admin > Process Management > Lookup Export Index Management (or Search: “Lookup Export Index Management”).

On the landing page’s listview, you are able to see a collection of current Index Sets, and the ability to add new Index Sets.

To add a new Index Set, type the desired name, confirm ‘Active’ is set to yes, and click continue. To delete or merge Index Sets, use the delete/merge link in the listview.

Your Index Set is now ready to use. To add a lookup list and its mapping to an Index Set, you must navigate to the lookup list itself.

Step 2: Map the Lookup List

Navigate to the lookup list you would like to map [Admin > Process Management > Lookups (or Custom Lookups) or search “Lookup”]. This listview below displays the available system lookups that most admins are familiar with, but the Export Index Management Tool can also be used to map custom lookups (additional screenshots for that process, below).

To map a system lookup using the Export Index Management Tool, first click on the name of the lookup list you wish to edit.


In the Actions Menu of the lookup page, select "Manage Export Indexes".

Note that when using the Export Index Management Tool for custom lookups, instead of going to the Actions Menu on the lookup list, you will access this process using the clickable blue Manage Export Indexes link:

The next page allows you to create the lookup list mapping. At the top, you are required to select an Index Set for this lookup list. You can then enter numeric and text values to assign to your lookup list values.

In the example below, only ‘Homeless’ should appear in the report as ‘Unhoused’. Therefore this is a one to one mapping. There are two values in the lookup list that, when selected, should be reported as “Unknown”, and all others should be reported as “Housed”. The value allows you to set a numeric value to report, instead of the label, if required.

Step 3: Adding the Transformed Values in Reports

The transformed label and value fields are available under the lookup subtable of the mapped value.

In this use case, Living Situation is found by going to Person -> Living Arrangement [Lookup] -> Living Arrangement label (mapped to "Funder X"). If you wanted to add the value, rather then the label, it would be found under Person -> Living Arrangement [Lookup] -> Living Arrangement label (mapped to "Funder X").

Your mapped values will be found under their respective lookup subtables. These are added automatically when you map the values of the lookup. 

The report for this example shows Living Arrangement as it is recorded by the front-end user, the mapped value and the mapped label. You can change the column labels, sort, filter and take advantage of all the reporting functionality described in our reports manual.

Additional Documentation

Lookup Map Transform and Export Tool Video: https://youtu.be/rvZDpIRv59w
Lookup lists
Reports Manual
Adding Fields to Forms

Notes/Known Issues

  • This process will not impact the ability for an admin to add a lookup field to a form. It will not impact the values the front-end user sees in that field. 

  • To map custom lookups, go to the lookup list and use the “Manage Export Indexes” link to get to the manage export index page. The balance of the process is the same.
  • If you have only one Index Set on your site, you cannot merge/delete it.