Indicators tell you whether or not you have reached your targets. They tell you what you need to measure to show that you’ve achieved the activities and outcomes you set out at the beginning of a project. 

Here are some examples: 

Activity - One to one sessions 

Indicators - (what you need to measure to show you’ve achieved that activity) 

  • Number of sessions 

  • Number of people attending the sessions 

  • Location of sessions 

Outcome – Adult learners improve literacy skills  

Indicators - (what you need to measure to show you’ve achieved that outcome) 

  • Number of students passing Level 2 literacy at C grade or above 

  • Student reading age 

Outcome – Confidence in young people increases  

Indicators- (what you need to measure to show you’ve achieved that outcome) 

  • Willingness to take part in activities 

  • Ability to speak in a group 

  • Ability to ask questions when unsure  

You might have noticed that all of the indicators contain neutral statements like – level of, ability to, number of. This is because they need to measured on more than one occasion, so they shouldn’t contain any change words like outcomes do.  

You should also include at least 2 indicators for each activity or outcome to ensure you get a wide range of evidence, ideally from different sources.  

Indicators are really important because once you know what information or evidence you need to collect then you can work out how you will collect this information. For example, through surveys or observation. 

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