Joint Fire Science Program regional consortia 2013 evaluation report: a national cluster evaluation of consortia process and impacts
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Lorie L. Sicafuse; Lisa D. Maletsky; William P. Evans; Loretta Singletary
Publication Year: 2013

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  • effectiveness
  • JFSP - Joint Fire Science Program
  • regional consortia
  • survey
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Record Last Modified: April 8, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57626


The National Evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Consortia aims to assess the processes and outcomes of consortia programming at the aggregate national level. This ongoing evaluation includes four components: An online survey, targeting the fire science information-related experiences and opinions of fire managers/practitioners (Consumers), fire researchers/scientists (Producers), and members of the general public; a webmetrics component including quantitative and qualitative elements; an evaluation resource guide designed to assist consortia in evaluating their regional activities; and a qualitative interview component exploring the perspectives and experiences of key consortia personnel. The current report presents results obtained from the third wave (Wave 3) of data collection from the online survey and webmetrics evaluation components. In addition, it provides the results of analyses comparing mean survey responses across waves and consortia funding years, which illustrates consortia progress toward their shared goals. Seven JFSP consortia participated in the online survey this year, actively recruiting participants between March 2013 and July 2013. A total of 339individuals participated. Most participants were Consumers (71.5%) followed by Producers (19.8%) and members of the General Public (7.3%). The number of Wave 3 survey participants was substantially lower than the number of participants in Waves 1 and 2. This may be due to competing survey requests sent close to the time of the Spring 2013 online survey launch and to general survey fatigue of consortia listserve populations. The national evaluation team will work with the consortia to address these issues and increase response rates in future waves.

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Sicafuse, Lorie L.; Maletsky, Lisa D.; Evans, William P.; Singletary, Loretta. 2013. Joint Fire Science Program regional consortia 2013 evaluation report: a national cluster evaluation of consortia process and impacts. Reno, NV: University of Nevada-Reno, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. 81 p.

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