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Identify Office or Program Goals

What are office or program goals?

Office or program goals are broad statements about the desired outcome for some group or some thing as a result of the office's or program's activities (or "interventions").

Why create office or program goals?

(From Alice in Wonderland)

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where - " said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.
" - so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

Clever Mr. Carroll understood how important it is to know where you're going in order to figure out how to get there. Goals are your destinations; from those you can map your road ahead.

What makes for good office or program goals?

One easy way to remember the qualities of good goals is the acronym SMART:

  • S is for Specific
  • M is for Measurable
  • A is for Achievable
  • R is for Relevant
  • T is for Time Specific

How do I write good office or program goals?

You can draw inspiration from multiple sources: the Strategic Plan, your mission, the activities you're already undertaking, or consultations with colleagues or an assessment professional.

Then fill in the blanks: As a result of the activities of [THIS OFFICE OR PROGRAM], [THIS GROUP OR THING] will be [CHANGED IN THIS WAY].

Remember!

At Hunter, all office or program goals should be directly aligned to our Strategic Plan. If you haven't done so already, take a look and think about how your office or program fits.

Continue to Map Activities to Impacts

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