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Measuring Goals

In order to measure goals effectively to determine successful completion, what should be included to be monitored? What tools do we use to assure they have achieved these goals? What assessments are other states using?


Elizabeth DeShields's picture

In NJ, we have discipline assessments for O&M, RT, and Eye Health Nursing. Each have a questionnaire and demonstration/observation scale with basic objectives. When services are to be closed a final assessment is completed and compared to the initial assessment. The assessments were developed in house - a mixture of other tools available.
Bill Tomlin's picture

We recommend using SMART Goals (Specific, measurable, action oriented, relevant and time bound)when working with the clients. Trying to identify the amount of times a task is accomplished before you declare success is one way to measure. A simple example is that the client will pour coffee into the cup 5 times out of 7 attempts without spilling/overfilling the cup.
B.J. LeJeune's picture

We find that the states where we have been going are using a variety of assessment tools and some are using different ones within a state. The important thing is that the assessment should lead to an instructional or social service goal which should have a measure of success. We often recommend using SMART Goals. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is defined as one that is specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time- bound. For example, an assessment shows that a consumer cannot do laundry because the washer and dryer are not marked. The goal might be that.... By March 1, the consumer will be able to do their own laundry on a weekly basis using the tactile marks on their washer and dryer. This leads to a service of marking the machines, and instruction in how to use them with the new markings. It is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time limited.