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.
    Last modified: 13 Jan 2015QC 25789