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SMART Objectives

Criteria

An objective describes results to be achieved and the manner in which they will be achieved. Objectives are more immediate than program goals; they represent mileposts to be achieved relevant to achieving corresponding program goals.

CDC uses the acronym SMART to help you remember the criteria that characterize a well-written objective.

A well-written objective facilitates the evaluation process by using concise and precise language.

Job Aid:
List of Precise Verbs Job Aid [pdf 139K]

Activity: SMART Objective or Not?

Directions
Review the following objective statements. Then click on each objective criterion to find out if the statement meets the SMART objective criteria.

1. Teach people about HIV prevention messages.

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This activity is used to help you recall/reinforce the criteria for SMART objectives by analyzing a written statement.

Criteria for SMART objectives are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-phased

Not SMART objective statement: “Reach people at risk with HIV prevention messages.”

SMART objective statement: “By the end of the fiscal year, Comprehensive Health Coordinators will conduct citywide and/or regional high school HIV/AIDS/STI curriculum trainings for a minimum of 75 teachers.”
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2. Train ABC District teachers in HIV/AIDS/STI curriculum.

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This activity is used to help you recall/reinforce the criteria for SMART objectives by identifying the criteria within a written statement.
Criteria for SMART objectives are :

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-phased

The statement: “By the end of the fiscal year, a model school health policy will be distributed to 20% of Kentucky school districts.”

By the end of the fiscal year = Time-phased

a model school health policy = Specific

will be distributed to 20% = Measurable

of Kentucky school districts = Specific

Job Aid:
Evaluation Brief 3, Goals and Objectives Checklist [pdf 200K, text 5K]
This brief provides a goal and objective checklist and examples.
More Information:
Evaluation Brief 3b, Writing Smart Objectives [pdf 183K, text 5K]
Examples:
Example Workplan [pdf 319K]
This workplan contains example five-year program goals as well as objectives.

 

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