Step 5: Develop indicators
Step 5 is about choosing indicators that will assess the extent to which your process and outcome objectives have been met (worksheets 3.1 and 4.4).
Indicators are the units of measurement used to assess the extent to which objectives have been met.
Outcome indicators help you decide whether your program is effective and successful. Process indicators help you decide whether your program was implemented in the way you intended.
Indicators are also a building block for a comprehensive evaluation plan. They should be reliable, valid, and accessible. Thus it is important to identify:
- what you will measure
- where the data is available
- any limitations on accessibility
- any concerns about reliability
- any concerns about validity
Worksheet 5.1 is for building indicators for your outcome objectives and worksheet 5.2 is for building indicators for your process objectives.
While working on step 5, use the Learning Centre for:
- Tools, resources and evidence to support planning decisions, specifically related to step 5
- Advice from THCU's Planning Workbook and case studies
There are also detailed how-to-instructions and completed samples for each worksheet.
And finally, remember to save, export and keep improving all your plans!