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CDEM Capability Assessment Tool

The CDEM Capability Assessment Tool follows international examples such as the UK ‘National Capabilities Survey’, or the US ‘Capability Assessment for Readiness’, in aiming to create a standard assessment of emergency management capability for New Zealand.

The tool consists of a set of key performance indicators and performance measures (‘capability criteria’) against which organisations can assess themselves or be externally assessed. Indicators span the 4Rs and are organised in a framework based on the National CDEM Strategy.

The assessment tool is intended first and foremost to be an ‘any-time’ self-assessment tool that any agency or CDEM Group can use to evaluate their own capability, but will also support a periodic national assessment cycle in which all agencies with responsibilities under the CDEM Act will be asked to complete assessments to document and understand New Zealand’s collective CDEM capability.

Download the CDEM Capability Assessment Tool version 4.2 (xls) Updated 10 March 2010

Future versions of the CDEM Capability Assessment Tool
The Excel version of the assessment tool is designed as an interim measure only; the intent is to develop a dedicated web-based evaluation 'portal' where organisations can log in and conduct self assessments as and when needed. The web version would allow substantially more flexibility in how and when assessments are conducted. It would also allow for automation of results and reporting, and automatic collation of results across a CDEM Group area, or nationally.

With the web-based version of the tool you would be able to:

  • format assessments according to your needs and priorities
  • track your results and progress over time
  • display your results in a variety of formats
  • benchmark your organisation against like organisations
  • submit assessments to Group-wide and/or national assessments
  • print checklists, with relevant references and documentation cited.
There is also scope with a web-based tool to add other types of assessment or indicators, as needed. One possibility is assessments designed to be undertaken post-event (or post-exercise), looking to assess the effectiveness of response and recovery, and identify lessons for the future. Other assessments could be focused around standalone elements of capability, for example Business Continuity Management, operational readiness of EOCs, or CDEM Group Plan review – in a more detailed format than those sections in the standard capability assessment. With a web-based evaluation portal any number of assessments could be developed and added for all to use. MCDEM can coordinate development of these assessments, or any group within the wider CDEM sector could suggest and develop an assessment themselves. The web portal would be for all of New Zealand CDEM to use.