Aims and objectives of your project
You will almost certainly want to align your MEL with your project’s aims and objectives. But what are they?
The aims of a project are the desired impacts on people’s lives and / or the environment, achieved as a result of carrying out the work of the project. Aims are usually achieved over the long term.
Aims – some examples
- Improved well-being
- Fairer and more inclusive community
- Reduced carbon emissions
What are the aims of your project?
Activity: Write down the aims of your project in your journal.
Tip: Aims and objectives are usually written as ‘after’ statements that describes the changed state compared to the current (or starting state). E.g. improved well-being (compared to pre-project or now).
The objectives of a project are the changes that need to be made in order to achieve the project aims.
Objectives – some examples
- Increased personal agency
- More sustainable behaviours
- Increased community capacity
- Supportive and fair government policies
What are the objectives of your project?
Your project may already have explicitly stated objectives (perhaps on your website, in your constitution or elsewhere).
Activity: Write down the objectives of your project in your journal.
If your project does not have explicitly stated objectives yet, do not worry. They will likely emerge from your work with Permaculture Impact. You could write a heading in your journal as a reminder to come back to it later.