The acronym SMART is a nice way to define an objective in a quality improvement. It has to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. This page outlines what each of these terms means and why they are important. It also provides examples of objectives that meet the SMART criteria.

Minnesota Department of Health. SMART Objectives. Available in html format.

This Recommendation was added to the website on 2019-02-14 and was last modified on 2020-02-29. You can find similar pages at Quality improvement.

An earlier version of this page appears here.