Evaluating How Goals are Achieved

Whether you are evaluating your own goals on your self assessment, or evaluating individuals' goals on your team, it's important to consider not only the "what," but the "how." 

What you evaluate is the content of the goal itself -- timelines met, deliverables created or sent, changes made. Setting SMART goals helps with evaluating what was done in terms of goal progress. The more specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound the goal, the easier it is to assess what was completed. 

Also important is how goals were achieved. Did you collaborate with stakeholders to make sure what you created met their needs? Did you take risks and come up with an innovative solution no one saw before? Did you work with a diverse group to ensure you listened to different voices and created something that reflects our community? Providing insights into how you (or your employees) met their goals helps to show how you are living our GW values, demonstrating our service priorities, or showing leader behaviors in all you do. 

We encourage you to consider these when assessing performance. 

Read our guide to evaluating how goals are completed (PDF in [email protected]).