I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the second National Vision 20/20 Symposium on models in prevention, held May 4–6 http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0168eb66dfe2970c-piin Reston, Virginia.
“The purpose of the symposium was to highlight prevention programs from across the nation and Canada who have documented the results they have achieved in measurable and meaningful way,” explained Jim Crawford, Vision 20/20 project manager. “With this overall effort to promote evaluation of programs, we accomplish several things at once. We raise the collective bar of our professionalism in the field. We encourage practitioners to use model evaluation metrics so we can compare our results in meaningful ways. And we encourage the use of tools that will help demonstrate their worth locally, which others can emulate or adapt to meet their own local conditions”.
Peg Carson, Vision 20/20 operations manager added, “It was rewarding to see the enthusiastic response from nearly 170 leaders in fire prevention from across the U.S. as they learned from their peers about the elements that contributed to successful programs…”
I presented the research and evaluation on NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program on Older Adults. NFPA’s Steve Sawyer, who represents the International Fire Marshals Association on the Vision 20/20 steering committee, conducted a panel on model prevention programs. Exhibiting NFPA public education programs at the conference were Maria Figueroa, regional manager of NFPA’s Fire Prevention Field Office, and Antiliano Estrella, NFPA Public Education field advisor. Gary Keith, NFPA’s vice-president of Field Operations and Public Education, also serves on the Vision 20/20 steering committee.
Symposium participants learned from more than 20 presenters how they used four evaluation methods—formative, process, impact, and outcome—in their prevention programs. I think everyone who attended will have a better understanding of the meaning and importance of each of these evaluations.