Validating your indicators
Once you have identified the potential suite of indicators, you need to explore each indicator to understand whether it will provide the information that you are expecting - this process is called validation.
Validate your indicators by applying a range of tests, including those in the SMART test:
This test explores whether your indicators are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed.
You should also explore whether:
- your indicators can identify whether a change can be attributed to your strategies
- the data can be compared over time
- the results are able to be substantiated
- your indicators are capable of presenting an unbiased picture of the extent to which your success goals have been achieved.