Throughout the process of planning, exercising, and executing recovery activities, the collection of specific metrics may help to improve recovery and inform continuous improvement. Determining these metrics in advance may be beneficial, both to understand what should be measured and to implement data collection processes. This process requires the ability to determine where those identified metrics can be most beneficial to the recovery activity and to identify which activities cannot be measured in an accurate and repeatable way. It is important to note that restoring business functions remains the primary task at hand; the collection of recovery metrics can be designed in a way such that data is a natural output of recovery activities. Metrics can be detrimental if they hinder the recovery process, cause a rushed/incomplete investigation, or create additional obstacles for recovery team efficiency. It is critical to ensure that metrics provide useful information that supports actionable improvement without being harmful to recovery.