|This course discussed the following topics:
- Introduction to exercise evaluation
This lesson distinguished between discussion and operations-based exercise evaluation, described how capabilities and objectives impact evaluation, explained the purpose of exercises, and defined the improvement planning process.
This topic discussed the different types of exercises including discussion-based and operation based, evaluator qualifications, evaluator characteristics, and evaluator sources.
- Explain why exercises are important
This topic discussed the importance of exercises in national preparedness.
- Explain the exercise evaluation steps.
This topic described the exercise evaluation steps including planning, observing and collecting and analyzing data, developing the draft after-action report, identifying improvements, conducting the after-action meeting, finalizing the After Action Report (AAR), and tracking implementation.
- Role and Responsibilities of the exercise evaluator
This topic identified the skillsets needed to be a lead evaluator, the criteria used to select evaluators. In this chapter you also identified who should serve as an evaluator, defined the challenges of evaluation, and described an evaluator briefing.
- Exercise Observation and Data Collection
This topic discussed the tools available for data collection, how to use the EEG as a guide, and describe how to document exercise logs and use them as evidence of a successful or unsuccessful exercise.
This topic described the components of the post-exercise controller/evaluator debriefing, and explained how to develop effective recommendations for improvement.
- Exercise wrap-up activities
This final topic listed the components of an AAR/IP, explained how to write an analysis of a capability, described the purpose of Improvement plan and the improvement plan matrix and also how participating organizations generate corrective actions.