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Workshops represent the second tier of exercises in the HSEEP building-block approach. They differ from seminars in two important respects: participant interaction is increased, and the focus is on achieving or building a product (such as a draft plan or policy). Workshops are often employed in conjunction with exercise development to determine objectives, develop scenarios, and define evaluation criteria.

A workshop may also be used to produce new standard operating procedures (SOPs), emergency operations plans (EOPs), multi-year plans, or improvement plans. To be effective, workshops must be highly focused on a specific issue, and the desired outcome or goal must be clearly defined.

 Workshops typically share the following common features:

  • They facilitate activities in which participants develop or update a plan, policy, or procedure.
  • There is little or no simulation.
  • Gaps, challenges, and new concepts for a plan, policy, or procedure may be discussed.
  • They are facilitated by the authors of the plan, policy, or procedure.

Below you will find links to the various phases and their associated steps to assist you with the design, development, and conduct of a workshop. A majority of this information is derived from the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) February 2007 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), to include: Volume 1: HSEEP Overview and Exercise Program Management, HSEEP Volume II: Exercise Planning and Conduct, HSEEP Volume III: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning, HSEEP Volume IV: Sample Exercise Documents and Formats, and HSEEP Volume IV: Prevention Exercises.

Phase 1: Pre-Planning

Phase 2: Design and Development

Phase 3: Conduct Workshop

Phase 4: Evaluation and Improvement Planning

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Last updated: 5/15/2012 10:51:44 AM