Joint Fire Science Program Evaluation

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The Joint Fire Science Program is a partnership between the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service that connects relevant fire science research with stakeholders. USGS Scientists are supporting the Joint Fire Science Program by assessing the science needs of its stakeholders in order to inform future decision making.  

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) was established in 1998 as a partnership of the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. The JFSP identifies high-priority fire science research needs that improve the decision-making ability of managers to meet their objectives. The JFSP efficiently connects wildland fire science research to effective management of fire and fire-prone landscapes and delivers fire science through the Fire Science Exchange Network, a 15-member regional network of fire science stakeholders. The Fire Science Exchange Network provides the most relevant, current wildland fire science information to multiple stakeholder groups within ecologically similar regions. The Network also brings managers, practitioners, and scientists together to address regional wildland fire management needs and challenges.

The JFSP regularly reviews its mission, vision, and growth to improve the delivery and integration of fire science into management application and policy. USGS scientists, located at the Fort Collins Science Center, aid in this continued review. Fort Collins Science Center scientists are working with the JFSP to collect information that will inform decision making associated with coordinating and prioritizing efforts, resource allocation, and management actions and decisions across the Fire Science Exchange Network. To meet the stated objectives, a secondary data analysis of results from existing JFSP reviews, along with a Network Analysis (NA) and an Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA) evaluation framework will be used.