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Now, you have the opportunity to apply what you have learned, and practice writing measurable objectives.

Below, you will find an example of a goal and how it has been converted into a measurable objective. Beneath that example, you will find a link to the first of four goals previously submitted by IS committees [with slight modifications], that you can practice converting into measurable objectives. For each goal, you will have a form where you can enter how you would convert that goal into a measurable objective. Once you have entered your suggestion into the form, click the "Submit" button to compare your answer to solutions proposed by the Planning Committee. All responses will be completely anonymous.

Remember that the best objectives are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Focused, and Timely. To develop an objective, start with an action verb. Then, answer the how, why, and when.

Goal:
Train IS Committee chairs to write measurable objectives
SMART Objective:
What: Train IS committee chairs to write measurable objectives
How: by developing an interactive lesson plan
Why: in order to increase the section's ability to assess the usefulness of the committee's activities
When: to be taught during IS advisory meeting at ALA annual

SMART Objective:
Train IS committee chairs to write measurable objectives by developing an interactive lesson plan in order to increase the section's ability to assess the usefulness of the committee's activities to be taught during IS advisory meeting at ALA annual.

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