​SMART Objectives

Specific

Specific emphasises the need to be specific, rather than general. This means the objective is clear and unambiguous, without vagaries or platitudes. To make objectives specific they must state exactly what is expected.

Measurable

Measurable emphasises the need for including criteria for measuring progress towards attainment of the objective.

Achievable

Achievable emphasises the importance of objectives that are realistic and attainable within the parameters imposed by the exercise.

Relevant

Relevant emphasises the importance of making objectives relevant to the exercise aim and the needs of participants.

Task-related

Task-related stresses the need for objectives to be based around activities that can be performed by exercise participants and observed by EXCON staff, so that progress can be made towards achieving the objective being measured.