A Guide to Developing a TB Program Evaluation Plan
Writing SMART Objectives
In order to be most effective, objectives should be clear and leave
no room for interpretation. S-M-A-R-T is a helpful acronym for developing
objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable,
relevant, and time-bound.
An example of an S-M-A-R-T objective for TB is:
In County X, increase the percentage
of adult patients with non-rifampin -resistant TB who complete treatment
in less than 12 months (as measured by cohort review) from 80% to
90% (the national goal) by 2014.
The objective is specific because it identifies a defined
event: adult TB patients will complete treatment in less than 12
months. The objective is measurable because it specifies
a baseline value and the quantity of change the intervention is
designed to achieve: from 80% to 90%. As in the example, it is worthwhile
to note whether there is an existing data source for the objective.
The objective is achievable because it is realistic given
the 10-year time frame. The objective is also relevant because
it relates to the elimination of exposure to non-resistant TB. Finally,
the objective is time-bound because it provides a specified
time frame by which the objective will be achieved (from 2004 to
A Tool to help write SMART objective