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G-131 & E/L-131: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning Exercise Evaluation Overview Kenneth L. Wierman Jr. DHS/FEMA Headquarters 2010 National REP.

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1 G-131 & E/L-131: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning Exercise Evaluation Overview Kenneth L. Wierman Jr. DHS/FEMA Headquarters 2010 National REP Conference

2 Course Goal To familiarize individuals with exercise planning or evaluation responsibilities with the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program’s (HSEEP) exercise evaluation and improvement planning process, and to provide those students opportunities to practice key exercise evaluation skills. FEMA Directive January National REP Conference

3 Target Audience Individuals who manage, participate in, review, or sponsor exercise evaluation and/or improvement planning  Federal, State, local, Tribal, Territorial government  Private sector  Non-governmental 2010 National REP Conference

4 Course Prerequisites  IS-120.A: Introduction to Exercises  IS-130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning  HSEEP Training Course  Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REP) and Planning Course (Recommended) 2010 National REP Conference

5 Course Objectives (1 of 2)  Describe the need for a systematic approach to exercise evaluation  List the eight steps of the exercise evaluation and improvement planning process  Identify pre-exercise activities necessary for a successful evaluation  Explain the function of Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs) and their relationship to the Target Capabilities List (TCL)/Universal Task List (UTL) 2010 National REP Conference

6 Course Objectives (2 of 2)  Practice evaluation observation, data analysis, and report writing skills  Describe post-exercise analysis activities  Explain the purpose and format of the After Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP)  Describe how a Corrective Action Program (CAP) translates exercise outcomes into continual improvements to preparedness 2010 National REP Conference

7 Course Structure (1 of 2)  Unit 1: Exercise Evaluation Overview  Unit 2: Exercise Evaluation Process  Unit 3: Planning and Organizing the Evaluation  Unit 4: Observing the Exercise and Collecting Data  Unit 5: Analyzing Data  Unit 6: After Action Report and After Action Conference  Unit 7: The Corrective Action Program  Course Summary (End of Two-Day Course) 2010 National REP Conference

8 Course Structure (2 of 2)  Unit 8: Introduction to Evaluator Skill Practice  Unit 9: Customizing EEGs from TCLs and Objectives  Unit 10: Exercise Evaluation: Skill Practice #1  Unit 11: Exercise Evaluation: Skill Practice #2  Unit 12: Exercise Evaluation: Skill Practice #3  Unit 13: Exercise Evaluation: Skill Practice #4  Unit 14: Course Summary 2010 National REP Conference

9 Course Background  Original course introduced by FEMA in 1992  In 2002, DHS developed and introduced the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)  All-hazards  Performance- and capabilities-based  All levels of government  DHS and FEMA have worked collaboratively to standardize the language and concepts used in the exercise evaluation process.  This course updated to reflect HSEEP guidance 2010 National REP Conference

10 Activity: Defining an Exercise What is an Exercise? Why do we Exercise? 2010 National REP Conference

11 Defining an Exercise  A focused practice activity that places players in a simulated situation  Conducted to support an overall assessment of a capability  Primary benefits:  Individual and team training  System improvement  Critical component of preparedness cycle 2010 National REP Conference

12 Activity: Defining Exercise Evaluation What is Exercise Evaluation? 2010 National REP Conference

13 Defining Exercise Evaluation Exercise evaluation is the act of:  Reviewing or observing and recording exercise activity or conduct  Assessing/analyzing behaviors and activities against exercise objectives/standards  Noting strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies, or other observations 2010 National REP Conference

14 Activity: Importance of Exercise Evaluation & Improvement Planning Why is Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning Important? 2010 National REP Conference

15 Importance of Exercise Evaluation & Improvement Planning (1 of 2)  Exercise evaluation  Assesses a jurisdiction or organization's performance by identifying strengths and areas for improvement  Improvement planning  Leverages the outputs of the evaluation process by developing Improvement Plans (IPs)  Provides a disciplined process for implementing corrective actions and socializing best practices 2010 National REP Conference

16 Importance of Exercise Evaluation & Improvement Planning (2 of 2)  Exercise evaluation and improvement planning are critical components of the preparedness cycle  Implementation of corrective actions is the mechanism by which exercises can inform and improve other components of the preparedness cycle 2010 National REP Conference

17 Activity: Customizing Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs) 2010 National REP Conference Plan RefTaskMetricYesNoTime [Name, Pg/Sec#] Order transportation services for evacuation. [From plan] [Name, Pg/Sec#] Coordinate with supporting agencies and prearranged providers to obtain appropriate means of transportation for those requiring transportation assistance (e.g., buses, ambulances, handicap-assisted vans). [From plan] [Name, Pg/Sec#] Implement plans for providing alternative means of transport for immobilized individuals or those needing other special assistance in transit. [From plan]

18 Activity: Customizing Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs) 2010 National REP Conference Activity Analysis Observations (Each bullet will need a completed After Action Report Input form.) Strengths Areas for Improvement Root Cause Additional Observations:

19 Activity: Customizing Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs) – AAR Input Form 2010 National REP Conference Observation [Insert a short, complete sentence that describes the general observation. Then select from the lists below whether the observation is a strength or an area for improvement. A strength is an observed action, behavior, procedure, and/or practice that is worthy of recognition and special notice. Areas for improvement are those areas in which the evaluator observed that a necessary task was not performed or that a task was performed with notable problems. Lastly, identify the capability element that this observation falls under.] □ Noted Strength □ Area for Improvement Capability Element □ Equipment □ Organization □ Personnel □ Planning □ Process □ Training References (Standards, Policies, or Plans) [List relevant plans, policies, procedures, laws, and/or regulations, or sections of these plans, policies, procedures, laws, and/or regulations. If no references apply to the observation, it is acceptable to list “N/A” or “Not Applicable.”] Analysis [Include a description of the behavior or actions at the core of the observation, as well as a brief description of what happened and the consequence(s) (positive or negative) of the action or behavior. If an action was performed successfully, include any relevant innovative approaches utilized by the exercise participants. If an action was not performed adequately, the root causes contributing to the shortcoming must be identified.] Recommendations [Insert recommendations to address identified areas for improvement, based on the judgment and experience of the evaluation team. If the observation was identified as a strength without corresponding recommendations, insert “None.”]

20 Pilot Courses October 2009, February 2010 and April students  Federal Agencies  State and Local  FEMA  Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)  National Exercise Division (NED)  Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) 2010 National REP Conference

21 Upcoming HSEEP Exercises  Columbia Generating Station – 30 August 2010  Indian Point – 20 September 2010  Susquehanna Steam Electric Station – 5 October 2010  Pilgrim and Quad Cities – 15 November National REP Conference

22 Summary  What are the objectives of this course?  What is exercise evaluation and improvement planning?  Why is exercise evaluation and improvement planning important? 2010 National REP Conference

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