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SMART indicators

Use the SMART process to develop quality indicators following the criteria in this article.
SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound

Indicators are developed based on the objectives identified during programme design. They should include a mix of output and outcome indicators to monitor the quality of programme as well as the delivery of service.

Use the SMART process to develop quality indicators following the criteria below:

Specific: the indicator should indicate clearly what will be achieved. Avoid vague terms such as improve or effective.

Measurable: is it possible to collect data for this indicator in a conflict context? Do you have the expertise, staff, and time to collect the data?

Achievable: Is it realistic to expect the target to be reached within the timeframe, based on the resources you have? For outcome indicators, is it possible to measure a change during the project period? Avoid ambitious targets that will make the project look like a failure if they are not met.

Relevant: Does the indicator really capture the change you described as your output or outcome?

Time-bound: When will the indicator will be achieved?

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