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Homeland Security Affairs




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Measuring things that do not occur, such as “deterred” or “prevented” terrorist attacks, can be difficult. Efforts to establish meaningful risk-based performance metrics and performance evaluation frameworks based on such metrics, for government agencies with counterterrorism missions, are arguably in a nascent state. However, by studying program theory, logic models, and performance evaluation theory, as well as studying how risk, deterrence, and resilience concepts may be leveraged to support antiterrorism efforts, one may propose a framework for a logic model or other performance evaluation approach. Such a framework may integrate these concepts to help proxy performance measurement for agencies with prevention and/or deterrence missions. This effort would not be without challenges.


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Taquechel, Eric F. & Marina Saitgalina. Risk-based performance metrics for critical infrastructure protection? A framework for research and analysis. Homeland Security Affairs 14, Article 8 (December 2018).