Student Well-Being

Indicator Selection

Indicator selection is a critical task that should fall into place as you work out the logic of the project and the relationships between the objectives, effects and outputs. Using the letters SMART can help you remember what the program indicators should be:

S: Specific

M: Measurable

A: Attainable

R: Realistic

T: Time-bound

Although donors may require numerical targets, these criteria do not mean that all program or project indicators should be limited to numerical measures (e.g., number of teachers trained, number of students receiving learning materials). We can and should use more qualitative indicators – but only if we have a clear and concise, as well as strong, method of verification. Across the wide range of programs and projects, the IRC is working to improve Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) methods and results. The IRC is translating the general principles and recommendations into specific tools, recommendations and technical advice for education, child protection and youth and livelihood activities.