There is no right or wrong number of Indicators to use for tracking progress towards a Goal. A Goal needs to have at least 1 Indicator in order to be measured over time.
Remember, the most important thing is to get started. You can always start with a Goal that has 1 or 2 Indicators that you will be able to consistently update, and you can add additional Indicators in the future. It can also be useful to start with Indicators for which you have historical data because you can backfill those past data points to help establish baselines and targets for your work moving forward.
In many cases, a single Indicator might be all that is needed.
If you are collecting information by location or demographic variables, you can also consider setting up separate Indicators to track progress by location, or broken down by an Indicator for female participants and an Indicator for male participants, etc. Setting up for tailored Indicators in this way can allow you to quickly see overall progress towards the Goal while also studying each group’s unique level of progress at the Indicator to level. Gaining insight into a specific group that is excelling or struggling can inform program design and strategy.
Creating more Indicators within a Goal broken down by location, demographics, etc. can require more work to set up and maintain over time. If you have specific questions around the approach you are looking to take, feel free to reach out to our Support team.
If you have more than 1 Indicator within a Goal, you can also assign different weights to each Indicator. This determines how progress at the level of your Indicators translates to progress towards the overall Goal. If you do not assign specific weights to your Indicators, the default is for each Indicator to be equally weighted.