An aims-objectives confusion might arise when you are writing thesis proposal and the introductory thesis chapter. The what’s-the-difference question can have you going around in ever smaller unproductive circles if you can’t figure out a way to differentiate between the two things.
Dictionaries are only vaguely helpful when thinking about aims and objectives.
One can use all three types of objectives within a proposal to accomplish particular goals.
Objective: By the end of year one, provide 125 mothers in the southwest area of Baltimore with a 2-hour training program that will provide health and nutrition information.
They are "process objectives" and "impact objectives." The first, process objective, describes a task or activity with a specific start and end.
The second type, the impact objective, describes the future impact your project will have should it be funded.
Evaluation of an objective can take many forms, from simply counting people who received your service, to surveys that ask people to report actions or feelings after having received the service, to tests administered to measure changes (particularly applicable in a medical setting).
Think about whether you need quantitative or qualitative information.
I've included one in the example of goal and objective above.
You’re ready, you’re aimed, and now you have to fire off the objectives. And the difference is something I’ve recently been asked about, so I’ve decided to post something of an answer.