UJTL/UNTL includes the following guidance for setting good METL standards:
1. Employ measures from a variety of categories: Input, Process, Output, and Outcome. All
have value in setting goals and evaluating performance.
2. Focus on “Process” and “Outcome”
(or Product) measures. (Inputs may add insight.)
3. Keep them “Simple, …”
4. Reflect the commanders’ guidance—their values set criteria!
5. Reflect an understanding of the
task and its contribution to mission success.
6. Remain sensitive to impact of changing conditions on the
measures—often this helps in narrowing the condition sets to choose for a MET.
7. Refrain from using only “Go-No
Go” type measures.
8. Use both absolute and relative scales.
9. Set Criteria by employing
“capabilities” inherent in the DOTMLPF-P system design.
And, remember: Standards drive performance!
performance can be evaluated along at least two paths: Process or Procedure-focused measures and Outcome or Product-based
-Process/ Procedure measures attempt to answer questions such as: “Were procedures
and processes adequate? Were the procedures/ processes followed? Were the procedures even used?” Many Navy Lessons Learned
focus on these issues. Process measures help Commanders monitor mission progress.
-Outcome or Product-based
measures attempt to answer questions such as: “What were the results? How well was the task performed according to key
performance parameters? Did the task contribute as much value as anticipated to mission success?” Commanders employ
product measures to assess mission accomplishment.
-Moreover, Input-based measures answer questions such as “How do we know we can do a good job?”
DRRS-N and the enhanced Status of Resources and Training (E-SORTS) work in this arena.