Continuous Improvement of Federal Event Response (CIFER) – Decision support for the development of the program's Concept of Operations (ConOps)


  1. Friesen, S.
  2. Logue, T.
  3. Vivekanandarajah, V.
  4. Legere, J.
  5. Kelsey, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Continuous Improvement of Federal Event Response (CIFER) project is a Public Safety (PS) Government Operations Centre (GOC)-led effort, with oversight by a permanent working group (WG) of key stakeholders comprised of representatives from across the federal community. This program was developed in part to meet mandated legislative requirements under the Emergency Management Act (2007). The aim of the program is to ensure that observations, insights and lessons captured in after action reports / after incident reports (AARs/AIRs) from exercises and real operations are used systematically to improve prevention, preparedness and response to future operations or events. For the past six months, Defence Research and Development Canada‘s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) has provided technical advice and analytical support to the CIFER Secretariat in support of the development of a Concept of Operations (ConOps). Specifically, DRDC assisted in managing two CIFER WG Workshops, conducted an environmental scan, developed a taxonomy and provided advice on a risk-informed methodology for prioritizing, selecting and following through on recommendations. The project team also examined standardized templates for the submission of recommendations, tracking and reporting mechanisms for the Directors General Emergency Response Committee (DG ERC). The aim of this Scientific Report (SR) is to describe the advice, guidance and decision analytic support that DRDC CSS provided to PS, wh

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continuous improvement;lessons learned;after action review;recommendations;methodology;risk assessment;event response;public safety;security
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R160 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2016
Number of Pages
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