• Painting a defensible picture

    After you have completed the validation process, you need to determine whether your suite of indicators will provide a defensible picture.

    Ask yourself whether, overall, the suite of indicators is likely to provide:

    • sufficient evidence to justify your conclusions regarding the extent of your effectiveness
    • a picture that is strong enough to withstand scrutiny and challenge.

    Consider whether your indicators will show that:

    • there has been a change in behaviour of the risk population
    • there has been a change in community confidence
    • the change has been sustained
    • your strategies have contributed to the change
    • the effect can be seen more broadly than those targeted by your strategies
    • there were any unintended consequences as a result of your strategies.

    If not, you should go back to the beginning of the indicator identification process and identify more potential indicators.

    Remember to validate any new indicators.

      Last modified: 13 Jan 2015QC 25789