In partnership with IFSTA ResourceOne, and with funding from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant program, Vision 20/20 has developed free training programs, Model Performance Measurement and Evaluation and Community Risk Reduction.
Model Performance Measurement and Evaluation demonstrates how to improve evaluation measurements, primarily for fire prevention programs, including public education, plan review, code enforcement and investigation efforts. These same evaluation tools also apply for other injury prevention and mitigation programs. (Click here for more information on this course.)
Community Risk Reduction introduces the student to Community Risk Reduction as a way to create a safer community. It presents the basic elements necessary to prepare a station-based community risk reduction plan and provides an understanding and motivation for implementing CRR practices.
Continuing Education Units
Students completing the courses can apply for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) through Columbia Southern University. The CEU information will be delivered to the student upon course completion, along with their certificate of completion. Students will need to fill out an on-line form at the CSU website, submit their certificate of completion, and pay a $25.00 fee to CSU to receive 0.2 CEU’s for completing each course.
The evaluation of fire prevention programs is critically important for success and to justify prevention efforts. Funding, support, and evidence of effective programming are but a few of the potential benefits. Performance measures and evaluation techniques can be applied to any of the prevention disciplines, including Education, Code Enforcement, Plan Review, and Fire Investigation.
Four different types of measures/evaluation are discussed in this training course. They include:
Formative measures are used to describe the planning and research that went into understanding the scope of the problem facing a community. Formative measures include things like emergency incident rates and demographics, which demonstrate a link between focused prevention programs, the problem facing the community, and the resources (both human and logistical) necessary to address the problem.
Process measures describe and monitor the implementation of a program as it progresses from start to completion. Process measures look at how a program is managed so consideration can be given to what works, and what needs improvement. Process measures consider the output of the program (e.g. the type of inspections completed, the number of people trained, or the educational sessions delivered).
Impact measures are used to indicate and measure the changes that have occurred as a direct result of the program delivery (short term changes). Impact measures will document measurable results due to things like educational gain or behavior changes (e.g. number of smoke alarms installed, number of home hazards identified, number of codes enacted/abated). While impact measures may reduce risk, they may not affect the base problem, such as those leading to the actual incident rate.
Outcome measures indicate how well a program achieved its overall goals (long term changes). They document (over time) changes (reduction or decrease) in incident rates, injuries, property loss, or deaths showing evidence of actual change.
Vision 20/20 has created an on-line training course to better understand these processes. It is designed to be completed in approximately 90 minutes. The 6-Unit course provides interactive curriculum allowing you to learn, and practice, these basic concepts to increase your evaluation skills and improve your prevention programs. Clicking this link will take you to the site.