15 customisable OKR examples for Research

What are Research OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Formulating strong OKRs can be a complex endeavor, particularly for first-timers. Prioritizing outcomes over projects is crucial when developing your plans.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Research to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable Research OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Research. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to elevate productivity in academic research

  • ObjectiveElevate productivity in academic research
  • Key ResultImplement and maintain a research schedule, ensuring minimum 5 hours of effective work daily
  • TaskDraft a dedicated 5-hour daily research schedule
  • TaskRegularly evaluate and adjust schedule for effectiveness
  • TaskImplement routine to follow the established research schedule
  • Key ResultSubmit two high-quality research pieces for publication review
  • TaskConduct comprehensive research on chosen topics
  • TaskSubmit papers for publication review
  • TaskWrite and edit two research papers
  • Key ResultAttend at least 3 professional development workshops related to research methods or practices
  • TaskEnsure participation in each workshop attended
  • TaskRegister for the chosen professional development workshops
  • TaskIdentify suitable workshops focused on research methods

2. OKR to hire top-level Senior UX Researcher

  • ObjectiveHire top-level Senior UX Researcher
  • Key ResultScreen and shortlist at least 10 suitable candidates by week 4
  • TaskLaunch a comprehensive job ad campaign immediately
  • TaskShortlist 10 suitable candidates by week 4
  • TaskReview all received applications daily
  • Key ResultConduct interviews and make an offer to the selected candidate by week 8
  • TaskCompile a list of potential interview candidates
  • TaskSchedule and conduct interviews
  • TaskSelect and make offer to chosen candidate
  • Key ResultDefine clear job description and requirements for the UX Researcher role by week 2
  • TaskDetail daily responsibilities and tasks for role
  • TaskOutline necessary qualifications and skills for UX Researcher role
  • TaskInclude long-term goals and expectations for position

3. OKR to enhance knowledge and understanding through qualitative research

  • ObjectiveEnhance knowledge and understanding through qualitative research
  • Key ResultReview and analyze 10 relevant scholarly articles per week
  • TaskSystematically read and make notes on each article
  • TaskAnalyze each article's content, context, and conclusions
  • TaskSelect 10 scholarly articles related to the research topic
  • Key ResultConduct 3 interviews with industry experts
  • TaskIdentify and reach out to three industry experts for interviews
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive interview questions relevant to their expertise
  • TaskSchedule and conduct the three interviews
  • Key ResultSubmit one comprehensive research report for peer review
  • TaskConduct thorough research on chosen topic
  • TaskWrite comprehensive report incorporating research
  • TaskSubmit report for peer review

4. OKR to secure local channels and gain market insights

  • ObjectiveSecure local channels and gain market insights
  • Key ResultConduct regular market research to gather local market data and information
  • TaskConduct surveys or interviews to gather insights and preferences of local customers
  • TaskIdentify key competitors and their market share in the local market
  • TaskMonitor industry trends and analyze data to identify emerging opportunities in the local market
  • Key ResultEstablish partnerships with local stakeholders to enhance channel security
  • TaskCollaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement strategies for enhancing channel security
  • TaskIdentify key local stakeholders with expertise in channel security
  • TaskInitiate meetings with stakeholders to discuss potential partnership opportunities
  • Key ResultIncrease security measures on local channels to reduce unauthorized access
  • TaskImplement two-factor authentication for all user accounts on local channels
  • TaskConduct regular security audits and penetration testing on local channels to identify and resolve vulnerabilities
  • TaskRegularly update and patch software on local channels to address security vulnerabilities
  • Key ResultImplement data analytics tools to analyze market trends and consumer behavior
  • TaskTrain and educate the team on how to effectively use the selected data analytics tools
  • TaskResearch and compare various data analytics tools available in the market
  • TaskDetermine key metrics and indicators to track market trends and consumer behavior

5. OKR to enhance product-market fit by conducting customer research and implementing user feedback

  • ObjectiveImprove product-market fit by leveraging customer research and user feedback
  • Key ResultMeasure the impact of the improvements on product-market fit by tracking user metrics
  • Key ResultConduct in-depth interviews with 50 potential and existing customers
  • Key ResultImplement the top 3 product improvements within 3 weeks
  • Key ResultAnalyze user feedback and identify the top 3 product improvements

6. OKR to develop a compelling game that engages and captivates players

  • ObjectiveDevelop a compelling game that engages and captivates players
  • Key ResultDevelop a functional prototype of the game with polished graphics and intuitive controls
  • TaskImplement and refine intuitive controls based on user experience and usability testing
  • TaskIterate on the game design based on user feedback and playtesting results
  • TaskConduct user testing to identify any issues with the game controls
  • TaskCollaborate with an artist to create high-quality graphics for the game prototype
  • Key ResultConduct user research to identify target audience preferences and game themes
  • TaskDevelop a survey to gather user feedback on preferred game themes
  • TaskUse findings to inform game theme selection and prioritize target audience preferences
  • TaskConduct interviews with target audience members to understand their preferences
  • TaskAnalyze user research data to identify common themes and preferences
  • Key ResultConduct playtesting sessions to gather feedback and iterate on the game design
  • Key ResultCreate a detailed game design document outlining gameplay mechanics, levels, and objectives
  • TaskOutline basic gameplay mechanics that will define the core experience of the game
  • TaskCreate clear and specific objectives for each level, ensuring they align with gameplay mechanics
  • TaskDesign a series of diverse levels that challenge and engage players
  • TaskResearch popular gameplay mechanics, level design techniques, and objective structures

7. OKR to integrate UX testing insights into decision-making

  • ObjectiveImprove decision-making with UX testing insights
  • Key ResultIncrease user satisfaction rating by 10%
  • Key ResultTrain 3 non-UX team members on conducting and interpreting UX tests
  • Key ResultImplement changes based on user feedback in 100% of cases
  • Key ResultConduct 10 user tests for at least 2 features

8. OKR to increase AliExpress purchases

  • ObjectiveIncrease AliExpress purchases
  • Key ResultResearch trending products weekly
  • TaskBrowse popular e-commerce sites for current top-selling items
  • TaskAnalyze Google Trends data for rising product searches
  • TaskFollow relevant industry influencers and note product recommendations
  • Key ResultPlace orders for at least 5 items per week
  • TaskReview product availability and pricing from suppliers
  • TaskSubmit at least 5 orders to suppliers each week
  • TaskCompile a list of desired products for purchase weekly
  • Key ResultTrack delivery times and customer satisfaction
  • TaskSet up a system to record and monitor delivery times
  • TaskAnalyze collected data and develop improvement strategies
  • TaskCreate customer satisfaction surveys after product delivery

9. OKR to investigate antibiotic resistance in human health

  • ObjectiveInvestigate antibiotic resistance in human health
  • Key ResultConduct a literature review on 30 recent studies about antibiotic resistance
  • TaskThoroughly review and synthesize each study
  • TaskIdentify 30 recent studies on antibiotic resistance
  • TaskWrite a conclusive report on the findings
  • Key ResultIdentify and document three main causes of drug resistance in humans
  • TaskWrite a clear, concise document outlining these causes
  • TaskResearch literature on primary causes of human drug resistance
  • TaskAnalyze study findings and identify three main causes
  • Key ResultDevelop an action plan to spread awareness in two communities about antibiotic misuse
  • TaskOrganize community education sessions/workshops
  • TaskCreate informative material on antibiotic misuse
  • TaskIdentify key influencers in both communities for partnerships

10. OKR to enhance capability as an institutional research analyst in higher education

  • ObjectiveEnhance capability as an institutional research analyst in higher education
  • Key ResultAttend 3 professional development webinars on higher education research analysis techniques
  • TaskParticipate and take notes during each webinar
  • TaskSign up for the chosen webinars
  • TaskIdentify 3 webinars focused on higher education research analysis techniques
  • Key ResultMentor and guide 2 junior research analysts to improve their capability development
  • TaskProvide direct training on necessary software/tools
  • TaskDevelop a personalized growth plan for each analyst
  • TaskEstablish regular weekly meetings for guidance and feedback
  • Key ResultDevelop, present, and implement 1 strategic initiative to improve research methodologies
  • TaskIdentify weakness in current research methodologies
  • TaskCreate strategic initiative for process improvement
  • TaskPresent and implement strategy to team

11. OKR to enhance product research systems and procedures

  • ObjectiveEnhance product research systems and procedures
  • Key ResultReduce product research errors by 15% through revamped procedures
  • TaskEstablish a strict quality control protocol
  • TaskDevelop a detailed research checklist
  • TaskImplement more rigorous product research training
  • Key ResultIncrease process efficiency by 25% using improved research systems
  • TaskEvaluate and restructure inefficient parts of workflow
  • TaskTrain team on strategies to fully utilize advanced systems
  • TaskImplement new, innovative research systems in existing processes
  • Key ResultImplement feedback mechanism to optimize product research process by the end of the quarter
  • TaskIntegrate the feedback system into the current research workflow
  • TaskDesign a feedback survey tailored to the product research process
  • TaskAnalyze and apply the collected feedback to improve the process

12. OKR to improve knowledge of ozonation process

  • ObjectiveImprove knowledge of ozonation process
  • Key ResultReview and understand five new research articles on ozonation every week
  • Key ResultConduct two small-scale ozonation experiments for better comprehension
  • TaskPlan and prepare the experimental procedures
  • TaskGather necessary equipment and materials for ozonation experiments
  • TaskExecute the two small-scale ozonation experiments
  • Key ResultIncrease discussion and learning opportunities with experts by arranging four seminars/meetings
  • TaskPlan the logistics for the four seminars/meetings
  • TaskInvite the experts and promote the events
  • TaskIdentify potential experts in the desired field

13. OKR to successfully implement a coherent MYEO Theory of Change Framework

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully implement a coherent MYEO Theory of Change Framework
  • Key ResultConduct a detailed research on MYEO's needs for a Theory of Change Framework by month end
  • TaskReview existing internal documents about MYEO's goals
  • TaskCompile findings into a comprehensive report
  • TaskIdentify key stakeholders within MYEO for research interviews
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% user acceptance of the new framework within the first two weeks of roll-out
  • TaskRegularly monitor and address user issues
  • TaskImplement a communication strategy for feedback
  • TaskConduct thorough user training programs for the new framework
  • Key ResultDesign a tailor-made Theory of Change Framework for MYEO in 6 weeks
  • TaskConstruct and refine the theory framework
  • TaskDevelop a strategic plan with action steps
  • TaskIdentify specific, measurable goals for MYEO

14. OKR to attain an affordable, emissions-free vehicle

  • ObjectiveAttain an affordable, emissions-free vehicle
  • Key ResultTest drive and analyze key features of at least three selected cars
  • TaskSchedule test drives for each selected car
  • TaskAnalyze and compare the key features post-drive
  • TaskSelect three cars based on preferences and research
  • Key ResultResearch and identify ten potential C02-free cars within $30,000 range
  • TaskGenerate a list of CO2-free car manufacturers within your budget
  • TaskObtain pricing details for each potential car model
  • TaskEvaluate and list ten viable options based on research
  • Key ResultFinalize purchase of a suitable C02-free car under $30,000
  • TaskContact dealerships for negotiations and details
  • TaskConclude purchase and documentation forms
  • TaskResearch and shortlist C02-free cars within the budget

15. OKR to evaluate ozonation's effect on biofiltration process

  • ObjectiveEvaluate ozonation's effect on biofiltration process
  • Key ResultEstablish a link between ozonation levels and biofiltration effectiveness in 75% of tests
  • TaskDevelop a standardized testing method
  • TaskConduct and analyze tests on biofiltration effectiveness
  • TaskStudy previous research on ozonation and biofiltration
  • Key ResultConduct 10 experiments to identify specific ozonation impacts on biofilter microbiomes
  • TaskDefine parameters for specific ozonation impacts
  • TaskAnalyze and record the results after ozonation
  • TaskSet up 10 different biofilter microbiome experiments
  • Key ResultPublish a comprehensive report analyzing and proposing enhancements to the ozonation-biofiltration setup
  • TaskConduct research on existing ozonation-biofiltration technologies
  • TaskAnalyze and draft improvements for current setup
  • TaskCompile and publish comprehensive final report

Best practices for managing your Research OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide πŸ‘‡

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Research OKRs

Quarterly OKRs should have weekly updates to get all the benefits from the framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Research OKR templates

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