The Joint Fire Science Program (JSFP) is an interagency research partnership between the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The JFSP funds a national network of regional Fire Exchanges designed to improve access to and application of fire science research results and tools. These Fire Exchanges comprise collaborative partnerships involving federal, state, local, and public, private, non-profit and research agencies and organizations. 

This guide is designed to increase the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate Fire Exchange educational activities effectively and consistently. It reviews eight topic areas critical to effective program evaluation which are:

  •  Program Planning
  •  Evaluation Planning
  •  Evaluation Questions and Design
  •  Evaluation Methods
  •  Collecting and Handling Data
  •  Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  •  Communicating Evaluation Results
  •  Evaluation Ethics