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Demonstrating Your Community Risk Reduction Program's Worth O0378

Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type

6-day off-campus

ACE recommendation

There is not an American Council on Education credit recommendation for this course.

This 6-day course provides students with the tools and skills to be able to evaluate their organization’s fire and injury prevention programs. The course provides a systematic way to improve and account for evaluation actions by involving procedures that are useful, feasible, ethical and accurate.

Course framework guides fire prevention professionals in their use of prevention program evaluation. It is a practical, nonprescriptive tool, designed to summarize and organize essential elements of prevention program evaluation. The emphasis is on the practical, ongoing evaluation strategies that involve all prevention stakeholders, not just evaluation experts.  The main themes of the course include:

  • Misconceptions regarding the purposes and methods of prevention evaluation.
  • The essential elements of prevention program evaluation.
  • The steps for conducting effective prevention program evaluation.
  • Review standards for effective program evaluation.


  • Any person responsible for programs involved with fire/injury prevention and community risk reduction. Students should identify their specific prevention role on the application and indicate that they have responsibility for prevention services or programs.
  • Applicants can also include company officers who have responsibility for station-based risk reduction.
  • Target audiences typically include: fire marshals, fire and building inspectors, public fire/life safety educators, company officers, youth firesetting intervention specialists, youth firesetting program managers, code inspectors and officials, and other community or allied professionals in the fire and injury prevention field.
  • Local and state statisticians who manage data for fire prevention programs/outcomes are also admissible candidates.

  1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. Students are required to bring a laptop computer with a recent version of Microsoft Excel to class. Students will be responsible for the computer and its programs. The National Fire Academy will not purchase or reimburse for the purchase of a computer or its programs.
  3. NOTE: There is a pre-course assignment, course homework, a student project and a course examination.