7.2.1VARIO conceptual framework for KPIs in function of policy objectives

According to VARIO, indicators must be set 'smartly', i.e. in function of objectives. In the VARIO advisory report 'Conceptual framework for drawing up KPIs in function of policy objectives' (2019), three levels were included in the model:

  1. The ‘overarching level' of the Flemish Government, 
  2. The ‘middle level’ of policy domains and
  3. The 'lowest level' of the individual instruments, structures, actors and programs (see figure).

It is important that the objectives of the different levels are aligned with each other. KPIs must be linked to the objectives at the different 'levels'. They must be complementary and lead to synergy; setting up one KPI must not compromise the achievement of the others.