The Well-Formed Outcomes Model is a significant organising pattern widely used in NLP to describe goals or outcomes that have been designed according to specific criteria. It goes further than ‘setting goals.’ The idea of a goal suggests a destination and a conscious process.


To put it simply, ‘well-formed’ means that the outcome has been refined or checked against a series of tests or criteria. Once it has ‘passed’ these tests, it is considered to be well-designed or well-formed.

The Well-Formed Outcome