Goal Attainment Scales

Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is an option that can be used as a means of measuring outcome data from different contexts set out on a 5 point scale of -2 to +2. It enables the data to be placed on a quantitative measurement scale thus tackling the problem of how to adequately identify and measure qualitative goal impact and attainment. This is very useful as it enables a linking of measures from the frontline to upper levels of an organization’s management.


This example is taken from: Sharp (2006) p7.


Overview and Example



Sharp, D (2007), Goal Attainment Scaling: An evaluation tool to improve evaluation design and data collection for accountability and program improvement, Workshop Paper, P.E.R.S.O.N.A.L. (Research & Evaluation) Consultancy Pty Ltd. Retrieved from http://www.personalresearchandevaluation.com/documents/goal_attainment/ColinSHARP-Paper-Workshop2-GAS.pdf

Updated: 13th January 2014 - 2:50pm
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