Evaluation Glossary

Benchmark

Reference point or standard against which performance or achievements can be assessed. A benchmark refers to the performance that has been achieved in the recent past by other comparable organizations, or what can be reasonably inferred to have been achieved in the circumstances.

Source

Development Assistance Committee. (2002). Glossary of key terms in evaluation and results-based management. Paris, France: OECD.

Related Terms

Performance Standards
Success Criteria
Target