@ScottLesser thanks for the info. I figured it wouldn't pull that in since it wasn't mentioned. I'm helping us get off a paper system for metrics and generating a "50,000ft" view. We can't do so effectively with our current database, so ChurchMetrics is a great tool for us to gain important insight.
Right now we end up with various 'comments' added. Stuff like "Canceled due to Snow" (an important reflection on low #'s) or "Community & Pizza Night" (reflection on the large service #'s), along with other factors like Baptism Sunday.
I haven't thought of a way that the information could easily show detail on a report (since a report uses a fixed page layout). However, I do think that both the dashboards and charts could do this niftily by having a UI/UX element format the datapoint's X or Y axis descriptor, or even more cool, when I 'hover' on the datapoint then it has a character-limited display of the note.
The biggest challenge as I see it is doing so in an elegant way while providing some limits/structure about how much/what type of data is allowed in the notes function.
If that doesn't make sense let me know.