Social Project Design


Objectively verifiable indicators

Objectively verifiable indicators (OVI) show whether targets have been achieved at each hierarchical LM level within the stipulated deadlines.

Indicators are qualitative and quantitative factors or values that give a clear, simple, and reliable measure of success/achievement, or a change that is related to the intervention or which helps to evaluate improvement or progress.

Quantitative Indicators

Quantitative indicators measure results in terms of numerical values that are objective or independently verifiable, such as absolute values, percentages, rates, and ratios. They are often expressed with the help of the following phrases:

Number of trained civil servants
the proportion of the population living on less than EUR 1.00 per day;

Qualitative indicators

Qualitative indicators represent qualitative statements and measures of perception, attitudes and behavior. They are expressed using the following phrases: 

Proof of ….Quality….Sustainability….
Improvement….Accessibility…Potential for…

Types of indicators

Objectives in a logical matrix (intervention)Indicator type
Overall objectiveImpact indicator (impact)
Specific objectiveEffect indicator (outcome)
ResultOutcome indicator (output)

Sources of verification

• They allow us to check whether the indicators are measurable and useful represent how indicators or checkpoints record and make available to management or project evaluators,

• As sources of verification can serve reports (program, project), documents (strategies, action plans, laws), and other relevant sources.


• Assumptions can be positive, and as such they contribute to the success of the project

• Assumptions can also be negative and can jeopardize implementation project. These kinds of assumptions are called “assassin assumptions”!
• In this case, it is necessary for them to find a way to eliminate them, but it is also important to take them into account, because they can question the complete realization of the project.