SMART Objectives: This page has been written to provide not only an overview of the SMART objective format, but to help you to write your own. Specific
| Is the objective clear?Is it precise and well defined?Can everyone understand it?
| Have you stated how you will assess whether it has been completed or not?What evidence is needed to confirm it?How will the individual learner know when the task has been completed?
| Are there sufficient resources in place and available to enable this to happen?Can it be done at all?Is it within their capabilities?
| Does it fit into the overall pattern of each individuals work?IS it possible for the individual to perform the objective?
| Is it appropriate to do this work now?Is there a deadline?Is it feasible to meet this deadline?Are review dates in place?Does each individual know deadlines and review dates?
| Diagnostic Questions
| Specific means that the objective is concrete, detailed, focused and well defined. The objective must be straight forwards and emphasise action and the required outcome. Specific also means that it’s results and action-orientated. Objectives need to be straightforward and to communicate what you would like to see happen. To help set specific objectives it helps to ask: * WHAT am I going to do? These are best written using strong, action verbs such as conduct, develop, build, plan, execute, etc. This helps your objective to be action-orientated and focuses on what’s most important. * WHY is this important for me to do? * WHO is going to do what? Who else needs to be involved? * WHEN do I want this to be completed? * HOW am I going to do this?
| * What exactly are we going to do, with or for whom? * What strategies will be used? * Is the objective well understood? * Is the objective described with action verbs? * Is it clear who is involved? * Is it clear where...
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