SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
Specificity answers the question of Who is involved? What do I want to accomplish? Where do I want to accomplish it?
Measurability requires that you to put a number, percentage, or proportion to your goal so that you can have a benchmark to measure if you are/have met your goals at the end of your project. E.g – 20% decrease in new cases. Having a measure in your goal suggest that you should be aware of what the current measure is before your intervention begin.
Attainable goals answer the question of “Is goal ambitious enough or too ambitious – considering the physical, human, financial, time, and environmental resources available?
On the issue of “relevance“, you want to have goals that will address the priority needs of a specific target population. It is based on research, statistical and epidemiological evidence.
Time-bound means that your goals must have anticipated end date in terms of duration or year. E.g .. in five years… or by 2022
A typical example of a SMART goal is “To reduce the prevalence of obesity by 5% among male Hispanic children by the year 2020.
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