State Program Evaluation Guides: Writing SMART Objectives
The evaluation guide Writing SMART Objectives is aimed at helping states develop realistic and measurable objectives. This guide describes the components of a SMART objective and provides examples. An exercise at the end offers an opportunity to work through the development of SMART objectives. We will appreciate your comments on the utility and applicability of this guide.
As part of the program development process, states propose objectives and develop a work plan and an evaluation plan. Both these plans are based on proposed objectives so it is important that they are developed using the SMART approach. Such objectives offer specific, relevant, and measurable benchmarks to measure achievement of your state’s HDSP program goals and will serve as the foundation for your program activities.