My desk dictionary says that an aim is to do with giving direction.
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You’re ready, you’re aimed, and now you have to fire off the objectives. And the difference is something I’ve recently been asked about, so I’ve decided to post something of an answer.
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Goals and objectives form the most important part of a project proposal and one should pay great attention while framing them.On the other hand an objective is to do with achieving an object, it’s about actions, “pertaining to that whose delineation is known”. The fact that these definitions are offered in this very formal language doesn’t help clarify matters. Sometimes in the humanities and social sciences we have aims which attempt to acknowledge the inevitable partiality of what we do, so we aim ‘to investigate, to understand, and to explore…But, once past the antiquated expression, you might discern that the difference between the two is somehow related to a hope or ambition (aim) versus a material action (objective). So taking this what-how as a kind of loose and sloppy differentiation between the two, the rough rule of thumb with aims and objectives is generally that: (1) The aim is about what you hope to do, your overall intention in the project. ‘ But lots of project reviewers and supervisors prefer to see something less tentative than this – they want something much less ambivalent, something more like ….Objectives are often expressed through active sentences. Objectives are often presented as a (1) (2) (3) formatted list – this makes visible the sequence of big steps in the project.The list of objectives spells out what you actually and really will do to get to the point of it all. An aims-objectives confusion might arise when you are writing thesis proposal and the introductory thesis chapter. The what’s-the-difference question can have you going around in ever smaller unproductive circles if you can’t figure out a way to differentiate between the two things.Dictionaries are only vaguely helpful when thinking about aims and objectives.Research reviewers generally look to see if the time and money available for the research will genuinely allow the researcher to achieve their objectives.They also look to see if the objectives are possible, actually research-able.About Upasana Joshi Upasana Joshi is a development professional with over six years of experience in project management, community mobilization, donor engagement and fundraising.She has worked with International Agencies like International Union for Conservation of Nature and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.