15 OKR examples for Researcher

What are Researcher 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 Researcher 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 Researcher OKRs examples

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

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

OKRs to develop a comprehensive monolingual dictionary

  • ObjectiveDevelop a comprehensive monolingual dictionary
  • Key ResultImplement and test a user-friendly search and organization system
  • TaskDevelop a prototype of the search and organization system
  • TaskRun usability tests with a sample of users
  • TaskRevise system based on user feedback
  • Key ResultGet a 90% positive feedback score from 100 beta users for the dictionary usability
  • TaskImplement real-time customer support to resolve user issues swiftly
  • TaskConduct surveys to gain precise user feedback on dictionary usability
  • TaskImprove dictionary interface based on previous user testing feedback
  • Key ResultList out 10,000 words with detailed definitions and usage by end of the quarter
  • TaskWrite detailed definitions and usage for each word
  • TaskResearch and collect 10,000 words from reliable resources
  • TaskProofread, edit, and finalise the word list

OKRs 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

OKRs to file patent for medical device and enhance prototype functionality

  • ObjectiveFile patent for medical device and enhance prototype functionality
  • Key ResultThoroughly research patents in the related field to ensure uniqueness by end of Week 4
  • TaskIdentify relevant fields for patent search
  • TaskAnalyze findings for potential uniqueness conflicts
  • TaskConduct comprehensive patent search through online databases
  • Key ResultImplement three major improvements in the prototype based on testing feedback by Week 12
  • Key ResultComplete drafting a unique and detailed patent application by Week 8
  • TaskFinalize application, including all diagrams and claims
  • TaskWrite a comprehensive description of the invention
  • TaskResearch and analyze existing patents relevant to the invention

OKRs to improve understanding of OKRs

  • ObjectiveImprove understanding of OKRs
  • Key ResultRead at least two books or articles about OKRs to deepen understanding
  • TaskResearch top books on OKRs and make a list of two to read
  • TaskSet aside dedicated time every week to read and focus on OKR materials
  • TaskDiscuss key takeaways with colleagues or mentors to enhance comprehension
  • TaskTake notes while reading to summarize main concepts and ideas
  • Key ResultAttend a training session on OKRs to gain foundational knowledge
  • TaskAttend and actively participate in the OKR training session
  • TaskPrepare a notebook or document to take notes during the training session
  • TaskResearch online for a reputable training session on OKRs
  • TaskRegister for the chosen training session on OKRs
  • Key ResultCreate and successfully implement a personal OKR to apply knowledge gained
  • Key ResultDiscuss OKRs with at least three colleagues to gather different perspectives
  • TaskEngage actively in conversations with colleagues to understand their perspectives
  • TaskTake notes during discussions to capture different insights on OKRs
  • TaskSchedule a meeting with colleagues to discuss OKRs
  • TaskPrepare a list of questions to prompt discussion on OKRs

OKRs to enhance the quality and comprehensibility of technical documentation

  • ObjectiveEnhance the quality and comprehensibility of technical documentation
  • Key ResultImprove user-satisfaction score regarding documentation clarity by 25%
  • TaskRevise and simplify technical language in existing documentation
  • TaskCollect user feedback regularly to pinpoint confusion
  • TaskInput visual aids to enhance document comprehensibility
  • Key ResultIncrease documentation completeness by 30%
  • TaskConduct comprehensive review of existing documents for gaps
  • TaskAllocate resources for completing incomplete documents
  • TaskEstablish system to maintain document updates
  • Key ResultConduct bi-weekly documentation review and update to ensure current and error-free information
  • TaskEvaluate and rectify any errors in the documentation
  • TaskUpdate outdated sections of the document
  • TaskSet a bi-weekly schedule for documentation reviews
  • Key ResultReduce customer support queries about product functionality by 20%
  • TaskConduct regular user experience testing for feedback
  • TaskLaunch an online FAQ page on product functionality
  • TaskImprove product user manual for clarity and comprehensiveness

OKRs to boost customer loyalty and extend business footprint

  • ObjectiveBoost customer loyalty and extend business footprint
  • Key ResultLaunch 2 brand-new offerings for current customers
  • TaskConduct market research to test and validate the ideas
  • TaskDevelop creative and unique ideas for new product offerings
  • TaskInitiate marketing campaigns to promote new offerings
  • Key ResultIncrease customer retention rate by 15%
  • TaskImplement a customer loyalty rewards program
  • TaskImprove after-sale follow-up and customer service interactions
  • TaskCreate personalized re-engagement strategies for inactive customers
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% growth in cross-selling opportunities with existing clients
  • TaskDevelop targeted cross-selling strategies and tactics
  • TaskAnalyze existing customers' purchase patterns and needs
  • TaskTrain team on effective cross-selling techniques

OKRs to expand BDR prospecting efforts into new target markets or industry segments

  • ObjectiveIncrease BDR prospecting in untapped markets/segments
  • Key ResultDevelop customized messaging for each target market/segment
  • Key ResultIdentify 3 new markets/segments to target
  • Key ResultSecure at least 2 new clients from the targeted markets/segments
  • Key ResultIncrease qualified leads generated from new markets/segments by 20%

OKRs to develop an authoritative business legal guide

  • ObjectiveDevelop an authoritative business legal guide
  • Key ResultEnsure usage and satisfaction from 70% of the company within two weeks post-launch
  • TaskIdentify and fix bugs reported by users
  • TaskTrack usage metrics, analyze and report
  • TaskImplement post-launch satisfaction survey and compile responses
  • Key ResultCompile and structure information into a comprehensive guide post-proofreading
  • TaskAdd a table of contents and references
  • TaskOrganize information into relevant sections or chapters
  • TaskInclude summaries, tables, and images for clarity
  • Key ResultConduct research on legal considerations for businesses by interviewing 10 industry-specific lawyers
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive legal-centric interview questions
  • TaskConduct and record the lawyer interviews
  • TaskIdentify 10 industry-specific lawyers for interviews

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

OKRs to increase online community subscriptions for startups

  • ObjectiveIncrease online community subscriptions for startups
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% increase in the overall number of startups subscribed
  • TaskOffer incentives or discounts to existing customers for referring new startups to subscribe
  • TaskImprove and optimize the onboarding process to increase conversion rates for new subscriptions
  • TaskDevelop and implement targeted marketing campaigns to attract new startup subscribers
  • TaskConduct market research to identify potential target audience for startup subscriptions
  • Key ResultIncrease user engagement by 15% to encourage startups to stay subscribed
  • TaskImprove onboarding experience with a guided tutorial showcasing key features
  • TaskProvide regular surveys or feedback forms to gather insights on user needs and preferences
  • TaskSend personalized emails with helpful tips and success stories to inspire startups
  • TaskCreate an online community for startups to share experiences and network with peers
  • Key ResultGenerate 50% more leads through targeted marketing campaigns
  • TaskImplement lead nurturing campaigns using email marketing automation to engage and convert leads
  • TaskOptimize landing pages with clear call-to-actions and forms to capture leads effectively
  • TaskIdentify target audience demographics and develop personalized marketing messages for each segment
  • TaskAnalyze campaign performance data regularly to identify areas of improvement and adjust strategies
  • Key ResultImprove website conversion rate by 10% to attract more startups
  • TaskUtilize remarketing strategies to re-engage with potential startup customers and drive conversions
  • TaskImplement A/B testing for different call-to-action buttons and optimize based on performance
  • TaskOptimize landing page design and content to increase user engagement and conversion
  • TaskEnhance website loading speed to reduce bounce rate and improve user experience

Best practices for managing your Researcher 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

Focus can only be achieve by limiting the number of competing priorities. It is crucial that you take the time to identify where you need to move the needle, and avoid adding business-as-usual activities to your OKRs.

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

Having good goals is only half the effort. You'll get significant more value from your OKRs if you commit to a weekly check-in process.

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 Researcher OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. 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 Researcher OKR templates

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OKRs resources

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