Writing Goal Statements

Greetings from GrantLessons!

Today I am finishing up my road trip by driving back to Reno from Burbank where I have just finished having a great meeting with my colleagues on National Resource Development Committee.

Writing a goal statement can be a little overwhelming at first, but like any elephant let’s take a bite at a time. ūüėČ

Lets use the SMART acronym to focus our attention on writing goal statements. Again back to Wikipedia, I needed to refresh my memory where the SMART acronym came from. According to Wikipedia, Peter Drucker was the first to use the aconym in his management work. SMART stands for writing goals that are (S)pecific, (M)easureable, (A)ttainable, (R)elevant, and (T)ime-bound.

Lets take our first bite:

(S)pecific – target a specific area for improvment (any one of the services provided by a chapter’s programs)

(M)easureable Рhow will we know when it is accomplished (dressed number of children is an output goal where % of children reporting increased satisfaction in attending school is an outcome goal)

(A)ttainable – what we can accomplish with our resources (dressed number of children in state of Nevada is not attainable with chapter resources but dressed number of children within Washoe County [Reno-Sparks] is attainable)

(R)elevant Рchoosing things that matter (dressing children who are being bullied as a result of inappropriate school clothing is suitable where dressing children who already have financial support and a full closet is not)

(T)ime-bound – time-based (within the next fiscal year is suitable where in the future is not)

So now that we have taken 5 bites of the elephant lets look at a few appropriate goals.

Program – Operation School Bell

Goal – Dress school children

Ouput Goal РDress 3,000 unduplicated school children between the 6 and 12 years of age, each receiving $100 worth of clothes, during FYE 2015 (June 1, 2014 РMay 31, 2015)

Outcome Goal – 80% of 3,000 children will report receiving school clothes increases their satisfaction with attending school, during FYE 2015 (June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015)

Program – Kids on the Block

Goal – Teach children about social situations through puppet shows

Ouput Goal РPresent 14 puppet shows to 2,000 students in 5  Washoe County elementary schools during FYE 2015 (June 1, 2014 РMay 31, 2015)

Outcome Goal Р80% of 2,000 Washoe County students express increased understanding of appropriate options when met with social situations, i.e. bullying, during FYE 2015

Program РFood Pantry 

Goal – Provide food bags to seniors

Ouput Goal РProvide two food bags to 500 unduplicated over age 60 income eligible seniors  during FYE 2015 (June 1, 2014 РMay 31, 2015)

Outcome Goal – 90% of unduplicated income eligibile over age 60 seniors report receiving food bags assists them to age in place

While we are writing output and outcomes goals for our application writing, this information would also be very powerful information for marketing our programs success and writing our annual community reports.

Enough for today.

Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon! Sandie


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