An outcome area defines the target, standard, or the ideal result which an indicator is being assessed against, which may be a government policy, for example.
Outcomes should be strategic, high level and observable, expressed in clear, measurable and achievable terms. Several outcome areas may be identified for each goal.
Outcome areas have two attributes within METEOR:
For instance, the outcome area Indigenous people remain healthy and free of preventable disease is stating the target of closing the life expectancy gap for Indigenous people in Australia within a generation. It is associated with a range of indicator sets and indicators, including the indicator set National Indigenous Reform Agreement (2020) and the indicator National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 03-Rates of current daily smokers, 2020.