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    Default What do Peer Reviewers Look At?

    If you make it past the computer scoring and arrive at peer review, what documentation does the reviewers actually base the review phase on.
    Do they only have your narrative portion, or do they have the entire application to review if needed. Seems like they should only have time to read, not review.

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    They have access to the whole application. Though the more you put in the narrative the hunting a reviewer has to do find answers to any questions they may have.

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    Default What do peer reviewers look at

    As a peer reviewer for the past 5 years, I can tell you that we have the entire application but focus mainly on the narrative. That means if anything in the pulldown selections is important to your application, you should repeat it in the narrative. It is distracting to page back to see what your area served, population, and call volume are when you could easily repeat this in your narrative and make your application more readable.

    Also, it is important that your narrative address the four elements that are scored for each application:
    1. Project description and budget
    2. Financial need
    3. Cost benefit
    4. Operational outcome

    You need to fully address each of these elements to receive the highest score before the peer review panel as each of them receive a separate score that is added for a total application rating.

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    Can someone talk a little bit more about the operational outcome section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatherPierce View Post
    Can someone talk a little bit more about the operational outcome section?
    In the project description you are asking for the equipment because of things like "it is unsafe for our firefighters", in operational outcomes, "this purchase will allow our members to perform their duties safely". Hope this helps a little, but I am by no means an expert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatherPierce View Post
    Can someone talk a little bit more about the operational outcome section?
    Operational Outcomes is about "TASKS". Ask these three questions and answer them for the reviewer.

    1.) What tasks can I not do for my department?
    2.) What tasks can I not do for my mutual aid partners?
    3.) What tasks can I not do for my citizens I protect?

    Once you have stated them, then answer how getting whatever you are asking for will resolve those issues for you. Finally let them know what happens if nothing is done at all.

    By the way, attendance at a seminar teaches you all these things. Sign up for one this year!
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