Goals and Objectives Checklist


Is your goal written in a way that identifies the broad, long-term change you want to achieve?

  • One way of checking whether your goal refers to change is to see if it contains words such as increase, reduce, improve etc.

Does your goal include what, who, how and where?

  • It is not absolutely necessary for your goal to have all of these components, as some of this information may be obvious from the title of the project

Is it written as clearly and concisely as possible and can be clearly understood by someone unfamiliar with the project?

  • Sometimes what can seem clear, obvious and appropriate to us, may not be so for others. A simple way of checking this is to ask others involved in your project and outsiders.


Do your objectives focus on one thing at a time?

  • It helps to have objectives on one thing at a time for a number of reasons. It makes it clearer for others and also helps further down the track when you come to your evaluation.

Do your objectives refer to change?

  • As with your goal, a good way of checking whether your objectives refer to change is to see if they contain words such as increase, decrease, improve, widen, expand etc

Do your objectives relate to your goal?

  • It’s important that your objectives are clearly related to your goals. Look at your goals and objectives and check there is a logical relationship between them.


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