Developing an evaluation model to assess prevention measures (EVAPREM)

1 January, 2017 – 31 December, 2018 Budget: 531 006 EUR, incl EU Grant 398 255 EUR

The main goal of this project is to develop a universal and comprehensive model for evaluating the results of prevention measures implemented by the rescue boards of European countries.

The aim of the project is to deepen our understanding of the effectiveness and efficiency of the prevention services considering the corresponding socio-economic environment. The project will provide robust evidence and analysis to support policy-makers in understanding the impact of prevention and supports policy-makers at different administrative levels in elaborating and reshaping the selection of prevention services with providing cost effective evaluation tools.

The project has a series of associated subsidiary objectives. The specific sub-goals are:

  • to give an assessment of prevention activities as a whole;
  • an “overall index”, which assesses whether the right things and in the right amount are done in a country (relevance and effectiveness);
  • to give an international comparison;
  • the value of the “index” should be comparable between countries, therefore it should be generalizable across countries, since different countries implement different activities for prevention;
  • to give an assessment of the trends;
  • the value of the index has to be found over the years, so it must be ensured that the input data is (or will be in the future) available (bi)annually;
  • to give an assessment to specific preventive activities;
  • the model must be sufficiently detailed to be able to conclude what activities and in what proportion should be changed to ensure the optimum outcome (in other words: what to change to maximize the outcome);
  • the components of the index should also have a meaning / interpretation on their own;
  • to give an assessment to the activities across target groups (school children, elderly people etc., who would be more vulnerable);
  • to provide an implementation model of prevention measures based on the local level collaboration with the actors - a safety pedagogic point of view will be provided as well as practical models how to conduct accident prevention effectively.

The main beneficiaries of the project would be the organisations responsible for planning and implementing the prevention measures in their respective countries on national and local level as well as safety actors in European level. The direct beneficiaries will be populations of the participating countries and indirectly countries who will be adapting and using the evaluation tool afterwards.

Participating countries:

  • The Estonian Rescue Board (ERB) – Coordinator
  • University of Tartu, Estonia – Beneficiary No1
  • State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia, Latvia – Beneficiary No 2
    • Frederiksbourg Brand og Redning, Denmark – Beneficiary No 3
    • Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuania – Beneficiary No 4
    • University of Turku – Beneficiary No 5   

The project is financed by the European Union and serves also as a Flagship project of the  European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).


January 2017

18.01.2017 – Kick-off meeting of the selected projects under the 2016 Call for proposals for prevention and preparedness projects. Brussels. Participants: Coordinator

February 2017

Overview of prevention activities of each partner (collection of qualitative data)

March 2017

23.03.2017 – Kick-off meeting of the EVAPREM Project. Tallinn. Participants: Coordinator, Beneficiaries 1-5.

Collection of available quantitative data (performance indicators)

August 2017

16.-17.08.2017 - a workshop on performance indicators, initial model presentation to partners, confirmation of the final form of the model. Latvia. Participants: Coordinator, Beneficiaries 1-5

September 2017

Mid-term report (months 1-8) to the European Commission

More information: Ketlin Jaani,, +372 51 06 793