Developing an evaluation model to assess prevention measures (EVAPREM)

1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018
Budget: €531,006, incl. EU grant €398,255

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 by 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 generalisable across countries, as 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 maximise 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 the national and local level, as well as safety actors on the European level. The direct beneficiaries will be the populations of the participating countries and the indirect beneficiaries will be the countries who will be adapting and using the evaluation tool afterwards.


  • The Estonian Rescue Board (ERB) – Coordinator
  • University of Tartu, Estonia – Beneficiary No. 1
  • State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia, Latvia – Beneficiary No. 2
  • Frederiksborg 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 the 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 No. 1–5.

Collection of available quantitative data (performance indicators)

August 2017

16–17/08/2017 – a workshop on performance indicators, presentation of the initial model to partners, confirmation of the final form of the model. Latvia. Participants: Coordinator, Beneficiaries No. 1–5

September 2017

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

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