Civil protection exercises are considered a cornerstone of increasing preparedness to real-life-incidents. They are considered to provide a vital ground to train and validate tactics and strategies, to identify strengths and shortcomings, to stimulate exchange on best-practices, or, to put it simple: to provide an opportunity for learning and development. As elsewhere, evaluation became more and more an instrument for quality assurance, validation, accountability, or knowledge gathering in the field of civil protection exercises over the last decades. Despite being expected to meet high standards, research on exercise evaluation itself has been rare. The Special Issue “New Directions in the Evaluation of Civil Protection Exercises” addresses the connex between exercise, evaluation, and planning. It invites contributions to the following thematic areas:
- Basic frameworks for evaluation
- Evaluation performance
- Evaluation outcomes
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