Value Focused Metrics for Improved Emergency Management Planning – Part 1: Objectives Measurement Framework


  1. Maxwell, D.T.
  2. Davis, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);KaDSci LLC, Springfield VA (USA)
This report is part one of a four part series describing how a decision analytic modeling approach called Value Focused Metrics (VFM) was applied to emergency management planning processes in two cities on Vancouver Island using four scenarios. This volume focuses on the development and representation of objectives in the strategy to task decomposition. The overall objective of the project is to apply a strategy to task analysis to aid communities in the development and assessment of community-wide risk management plans. Because VFM models explicitly represent the relationships between the communities objectives and the tasks performed by the participating emergency management organizations in a network model, very complex plans can be more easily understood and communicated than unstructured approaches. Additionally, VFM models allow for rigorous quantitative analysis in support of resource allocation planning and overall readiness assessment. This first report provides an overview of VFM and focuses on describing the objectives and metrics framework in the context of the four scenarios that were developed and exercised in British Columbia over the past year.

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Emergency Management;Prevention;Mitigation;Preparedness;Response;Recovery;Emergency Planning;Value Focused Thinking;Value Focused Metrics;Mission to task analysis, Strategy to task analysis, Risk Management;, Community planning;, Models, Objectives, Metrics
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-CR-2013-020 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2013
Number of Pages
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