The purpose of the 7th Model Programs in Community Risk Reduction Symposium is to recognize and share proven programs that can be replicated by other agencies and to encourage others to evaluate their efforts. Presenters should have an outstanding initiative with quality outcomes and at least three years of evaluation. Presenters should be able to convey their findings in a pleasant manner using the nationally recognized CRR Evaluation format promoted by the National Fire Academy and Vision 20/20.
The submission process is an online form. A Peer Review Team will first review all written submissions, which will be anonymized to allow for unbiased evaluation. The scoring rubrics can be found at the end of this guide.
Please provide an anonymized CRR Evaluation of your program using this online form and you can review the scoring rubric that will be used by the Peer Review Team.
The CRR Evaluation of your program should be divided under the headings of:
- Suggestions for duplication by other organizations
Learn more about how to use the Model Program measurement and evaluation categories at:
To help in making the evaluations unbiased, please write using general references to your organization and partners unless referencing national programs, standards, or initiatives. For example, instead of “Utah Office of the State Fire Marshal” use “our agency,” “the department,” or similar references. You may include direct references such as “applicable to the NFPA 1035 Standard” or “using products from the Vision 20/20 CRR Materials Generator.”
A Peer Review Team will review each submission using this evaluation rubric and their suggestions are sent to the Symposium Committee for final review. Model programs can measure their performance over time and demonstrate solid outcomes. In addition to quality, proven programs, a good evaluation of a failure or a quality program of a less-presented topic may be selected over high-scoring programs that all have similar formative and process evaluations.
If your program spans more than one state-level or equivalent geography or if it is a product (regardless of cost), select a smaller jurisdiction’s program to present as a case study.
Past submissions (who were not selected to present) should resubmit! Only the top dozen or so programs can be selected each year, so many excellent programs, especially if there were others of the same topic or if the program was too young, get left behind. You are encouraged to update your evaluation and resubmit.