Well-defined Goals

  • Once an organization has clarified its added value and identified basic strategies for programming, those strategies must be clarified through the identification of specific goals, objectives, and indicators. (Unless otherwise noted, information below adapted from Vann, 2004, Module 4, pg. 4-23)
  • Typically, goals are long-term expectations for changes in the targeted population—representing the big picture of desired results. Goals do not usually change from funding year to funding year, unlike a project’s objectives.  It is essential to properly define and prioritize goals and determine programming strategies intended to meet those goals. Well-defined goals ensure that planned objectives and activities have been thought through according to a desired end. For examples of goals, see Module 4, pg. 24 in Vann, B. 2004. “Training Manual, Facilitator’s Guide: Multisectoral and Interagency Prevention and Response to Gender-based Violence in Populations Affected by Armed Conflict”. Arlington: Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium, GBV Global Technical Support Project, JSI Research and Training Institute.
  • When working on VAWG, significant impact or changes in the population is often not seen during the first year or two; actual and sustainable impact of programmes may only become evident after many years of intervention. For example, it is unrealistic to expect to see a decrease in injuries and mortality related to VAWG during a short-term humanitarian emergency program. However, this goal might achievable if working with a community for several years.


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