Evaluation of Post Fire Research: Post Fire Analysis Project

The Client:

A NSW Government Department

The Project:

We were commissioned to conduct an analysis of Post Fire Research practices currently undertaken by RFS. The objectives of this analysis were to understand:

  • The needs of end users (those who will use the data) with regard to Post Fire Research;

  • Whether current research questions are meeting these needs;

  • Whether the current research methodology and approach is meeting these needs; and

  • Based on this analysis, develop recommendations for future practices.

The Approach:

The project adopted a participatory approach based on consultation with stakeholders and end users for Post Fire Research. The consultation program is outlined below.

  • Consultation with internal staff:

-   Eight staff members participated in the Post Fire Research workshop facilitated by our consultants;

-   One staff member provided additional information and input following the workshop; and

-   In-depth interviews undertaken with the following internal staff members, including the:

  • Supervisor, Bush Fire Planning – Community Resilience, Operations;

  • Operations Manager; and

  • Community Engagement Manager.

  • Consultation with external stakeholders:

-   Seven external stakeholders participated in the Post Fire Research workshop from the following organisations:

  • Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC);

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO);

  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI);

  • Tasmania Fire Service (TFS);

  • University of Wollongong (UOW); and

  • Western Sydney University (WSU).

We then proceeded to collate all stakeholders’ views on:

  • Current Post Fire Research focus, method and tools; and

  • The future of Post Fire Research, and how this can best respond to the needs of stakeholders.

Throughout the consultation process there was a high level of engagement and participation from staff and stakeholders who were keen to ensure that Post Fire Research practices were continued in a way that would provide optimal outcomes to end users.

The Outcome:

In addition to developing a series of project management tools, we developed a final report outlining key findings and recommendations in relation to governance.