Instructions: Developing EEGs

Developing Exercise Evaluation Guides Terminology

The Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs) are structured to capture information specifically related to the evaluation requirements developed by the Exercise Planning Team. The following evaluation requirements are documented in each EEG:

  • Core capabilities: The distinct critical elements necessary to achieve a specific mission area (e.g., prevention). To assess both capacity and gaps, each core capability includes capability targets.
  • Capability target(s): The performance threshold(s) for each core capability; they state the exact amount of capability that exercise players aim to achieve. Capability targets are typically written as quantitative or qualitative statements.
  • Critical tasks: The distinct elements required to perform a core capability; they describe how the capability target will be met. Critical tasks generally include the activities, resources, and responsibilities required to fulfill capability targets. Capability targets and critical tasks are based on operational plans, policies, and procedures to be exercised and tested during the exercise.
  • Organizational EEG(s): The EEGs containing organizational capability targets and critical tasks. These are developed for a specific organization and are not transferable to any other organization.

Development Instructions

The HSEEP EEG provides evaluators with a standardized tool to guide data collection and capture performance results during an exercise. Since each organization, jurisdiction, or entity has unique targets and critical tasks, each organization develops EEGs specific to its plans, procedures, and protocols.

The following step-by-step instructions will aid in the development of an EEG.

Step 1: Background Research

  1. Review the planning team discussions regarding mission area, core capabilities, objectives, and evaluation requirements. These discussions take place at the Concept and Objectives (C&O) Meeting and/or Initial Planning Meeting (IPM).
  2. Review capability gaps from current threat and hazard assessments. These gaps are identified during the Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW) and documented in the Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan (TEP).
  3. Research applicable authorities, policies, plans, procedures, and protocols to identify organizational capability targets(s) and associated critical tasks to be exercised and evaluated.
  4. Research previous and current After-Action Reports (AARs) and Improvement Plans (IPs) to extract capability targets and critical tasks to be exercised and validated based on common themes or trends.

Step 2: Build-Out

  1. Select Template: Select the appropriate EEG template(s), based on the mission area and core capability. The planning team provides the mission area and list of exercise objectives and aligned core capabilities. The EEG templates are pre-populated with the mission area, core capability, and capability description.
  2. Insert Basic Information: Insert the exercise name and date, organization/jurisdiction, and the venue.
  3. Insert Exercise Objective: Insert the exercise objective aligned to the core capability. Note: If multiple exercise objectives align to the same core capability, separate EEGs should be developed for each objective-core capability combination. The capability targets and critical tasks for each combination should be different.
  4. Develop Organizational Capability Target(s): Develop capability target(s) specific to the organization. The core capability description may provide a starting point for developing capability targets; however, quantitative or qualitative measures are based on the organization’s plans, policies, and procedures.

Develop Exercise Evaluation Guide ( EEG) for Tabletop Exercise”TTX”. please be familiar with TTX 1

Add specific quantitative or qualitative measures to make the target measureable. Generally, the quantities/qualitative measures are based on targets identified as part of an organization’s or jurisdiction’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, or in organizational plans, policies, and procedures.

Develop Exercise Evaluation Guide ( EEG) for Tabletop Exercise”TTX”. please be familiar with TTX 2

  1. Identify Critical Tasks: Identify the critical tasks needed to accomplish the capability target and demonstrate the core capability. Critical tasks may be derived from organizational plans, policies and procedures; discipline-specific standards; AAR improvement areas or corrective actions; and/or national Mission Area Frameworks.
    1. The capability targets and critical tasks in the EEG can be tailored to reflect the exercise type. In an operations-based exercise, evaluators observe exercise players performing critical tasks. In a discussion-based exercise, evaluators observe exercise players discussing or describing how critical tasks are performed.

Develop Exercise Evaluation Guide ( EEG) for Tabletop Exercise”TTX”. please be familiar with TTX 3

Develop Exercise Evaluation Guide ( EEG) for Tabletop Exercise”TTX”. please be familiar with TTX 4

    1. List the source(s) of the capability targets and critical tasks. This will allow evaluators to references plans or other documents as needed, as well as assist in the development of the AAR.
  1. Review and Refine: Review the EEG to ensure the capability targets and critical tasks can be accomplished within the time and scope of the exercise and organization’s extent of play.
  2. Finalize: Once the capability targets and critical tasks are finalized, copy the information to page two of the EEG.
  3. Coordinate with the Planning Team: Ensure that the draft and final EEGs are shared with the Exercise Planning Team. The planning team will use the capability targets and critical tasks to guide their development of the exercise scenario narrative, Master Scenario Events List (MSEL), and/or discussion questions.

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