6 customisable OKR examples for Research Analysis

What are Research Analysis OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

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 Analysis 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 Analysis OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Research Analysis. 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!

1OKRs to strengthen and broaden critical thinking skills

  • ObjectiveStrengthen and broaden critical thinking skills
  • Key ResultComplete 3 distinct, comprehensive problem-solving exercises per week
  • TaskAllocate specific time for each exercise's completion
  • TaskEvaluate and review the problem-solving process weekly
  • TaskChoose three unique, complex problems to solve each week
  • Key ResultRead and critically analyze 2 new academic or scientific articles per month
  • TaskThoroughly read each article
  • TaskWrite a critical analysis of each article
  • TaskSelect two academic or scientific articles
  • Key ResultAttend 1 workshop or seminar on logic or reasoning each month
  • TaskResearch upcoming workshops or seminars on logic or reasoning
  • TaskSchedule the event into your personal calendar
  • TaskRegister for one event of interest each month

2OKRs to identify and assess AI tools available in the market

  • ObjectiveIdentify and assess AI tools available in the market
  • Key ResultEvaluate 10 potential AI tools against predefined criteria by the end of Q2
  • TaskResearch and select 10 AI tools for review
  • TaskAssign scores to each tool based on criteria
  • TaskDefine specific criteria for evaluation
  • Key ResultCompile a detailed report illustrating the pros and cons of each examined tool
  • TaskIdentify and examine each tool's features
  • TaskCompile detailed comparison report
  • TaskAnalyze pros and cons of each tool
  • Key ResultConduct 20 market interviews to determine popular AI tools amongst industry experts
  • TaskDraft comprehensive, insightful interview questions
  • TaskConduct, record and analyze the interviews
  • TaskIdentify and target 20 industry experts in AI

3OKRs to enhance efficiency in handling travel time requests

  • ObjectiveEnhance efficiency in handling travel time requests
  • Key ResultRead and analyze 10 research articles per week to improve response quality
  • TaskSchedule dedicated time blocks for reading
  • TaskWrite analysis notes for each article
  • TaskIdentify 10 relevant research articles each week
  • Key ResultReduce average response time for requests to two business days
  • TaskMonitor and improve the current request workflow
  • TaskImplement an efficient ticketing system for quicker request assignment
  • TaskTrain staff to prioritize and process requests effectively
  • Key ResultIncrease request resolution rate to 95%
  • TaskImprove the training of customer service representatives
  • TaskImplement effective resolution procedures and guidelines
  • TaskMonitor closely and optimize resolution metrics

4OKRs to consistently track and record eight distinct behaviors weekly

  • ObjectiveConsistently track and record eight distinct behaviors weekly
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% accuracy in weekly records for all outlined behaviors
  • TaskDo weekly reviews and corrections of records
  • TaskDigitalize records to reduce human error
  • TaskCreate a daily checklist for monitoring outlined behaviors
  • Key ResultIdentify and define 8 specific behaviors to monitor by end of first week
  • TaskClearly define each selected behavior
  • TaskNarrow down the list to specific 8 behaviors
  • TaskResearch and list potential behaviors to monitor
  • Key ResultEstablish a habit of documenting behavioral outcomes each day without fail
  • TaskCreate a standard format for documenting behaviors
  • TaskSet a daily reminder to track behavioral outcomes
  • TaskReview and refine documentation process weekly

5OKRs to enhance strategic decision-making skills

  • ObjectiveEnhance strategic decision-making skills
  • Key ResultGather and analyze feedback on decision efficiency from 5 colleagues
  • TaskCollect and analyze the returned surveys
  • TaskIdentify five colleagues to provide feedback
  • TaskDevelop and distribute an efficiency feedback survey
  • Key ResultImplement learned strategies in 3 real-life scenarios successfully
  • TaskUtilize learned strategy in first identified scenario
  • TaskIdentify 3 real-life scenarios where strategies can be applied
  • TaskDocument the success of each strategy implementation
  • Key ResultComplete a decision-making course with at least 85% score
  • TaskConsistently attend classes and complete all assignments
  • TaskRegister for a reputable decision-making course
  • TaskStudy regularly to achieve at least 85% score

6OKRs to craft a compelling and successful business case

  • ObjectiveCraft a compelling and successful business case
  • Key ResultConduct detailed market and competitor analysis by end of Week 4
  • TaskAnalyze market trends and customer preferences
  • TaskGather data on competitor strategy and performance
  • TaskIdentify key competitors in the market
  • Key ResultGather and incorporate feedback from 5 industry experts by end of Week 12
  • TaskCollect and analyze received feedback
  • TaskImplement relevant feedback into operations
  • TaskIdentify and reach out to 5 industry experts for feedback
  • Key ResultDevelop a clear, attainable business case prototype by end of Week 8
  • TaskReview and finalize the prototype by end of Week 8
  • TaskAssemble these elements into a clear structure
  • TaskIdentify key elements of the business case prototype

Research Analysis OKR best practices to boost success

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 👇

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 weekly OKR 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.

How to turn your Research Analysis OKRs in a strategy map

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full 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

We recommend using a spreadsheet for your first OKRs cycle. You'll need to get familiar with the scoring and tracking first. Then, you can scale your OKRs process by using a proper OKR-tracking tool for it.

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 Analysis OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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