The Network will manage and evaluate its progress using SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time bound). With SMART targets in place, execution is focused, and outputs are more readily assessed. For example, in the Network's 3-Year Plan, 50% of Puget Sound congregations are targeted for participation in the Program Census during the Project Year. See the 3-Year Plan for more measurable objectives.
It is, however, not the output but rather the outcome of our work that truly matters. To this end, we will continually ask:
- Is the Project facilitating the justice work of UUs in our region?
- How are we all working smarter today, in our justice work?
- What would more effective justice work look like?
- What stands in our way?
- How is the Network helping us, or not?
- What do we choose to do with this knowledge?
We ask these questions to spark celebrations of progress, to reveal unmet needs, and to inspire UUs working for justice to set their own audacious goals for service.
Listening to the answers also gives us feedback on how to better serve UU justice work in our region.
We will ask these questions at Board meetings, at the Summit, upon meeting folks for the first time, and whenever we work together. This ongoing reflective practice will focus our work on the most potent projects. We will also develop simple, quick-to-answer surveys and blog queries to draw our Network members into conversation on these issues, as well as to provide us with feedback to fine-tune Network programs. Getting feedback from our community and evaluating our own effectiveness is at the very heart of our work.