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The Enterprise Analytics Division effectively drives FEMA forward by building a high-impact, real-time, decision analysis and business intelligence capability within OPPA and across FEMA.

Why do we need analytics at the enterprise level?

In a rapidly changing and interconnected world, the pressure on government agencies to make timely and accurate decisions has never been greater, especially in the field of emergency management. The ability to recognize challenges, identify opportunities for improvement, and adapt to changing situations is a requirement for effective mission execution. FEMA recognizes the value of using data to "work smarter". By building a culture of analytics and evidence-based management, FEMA is making better-informed decisions in support of its mission to continuously improve the Nation's ability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

What is the Enterprise Analytics Division?

In 2014, FEMA established the Enterprise Analytics Division (EAD) in the Office of Policy and Program Analysis (OPPA). The mission of OPPA is to effectively drive FEMA forward. The EAD helps accomplish that mission by building a high-impact, real-time, decision analysis capability (business intelligence) within OPPA and across FEMA. Our desired end state is for FEMA to pervasively use data and timley analysis to transparently diagnose challenges, proactively identify opportunities for improvement, and adapt to emerging needs.

There are three core functions that every member of the Enterprise Analytics Division is trained to excel in:

  • Generate Insights: Do the hard work necessary to understand the true causes and effects of the challenges we face.
  • Communicate Insights: Get insights into the "hands" of those who could use them and/or benefit from them at the right time, and in the right medium.
  • Cultivate the Capability: Get the right people the right tools, training, information, and resources to be successful - and change the culture.

What's included in the Enterprise Analytics Division?

The EAD is comprised of four teams, each with a distinct but related focus:

  • The Capability Building Team builds capacity for business intelligence in OPPA and across FEMA by cultivating the human network of professional analysts across FEMA, connecting them to high-quality tools and training, and fostering ongoing insight communication with them.
  • The FEMASTAT Team generates and communicates insights to FEMA senior leaders through a high-quality, action oriented analytical "STAT" program, which leverages analytical talent across the Agency through a Fellowship program.
  • The Resource Intelligence Team generates and communicates insight to FEMA employees about how the organization is using money and people to achieve its mission while optimizing performance.
  • The Field Operations Team generates and communicates insights to FEMA leaders during field operations and coordinates with other analytical assets during disaster operations.

FEMASTAT

What is femastat?

Created in 2011, FEMASTAT is a systemic commitment to work smart in everything FEMA does. We fulfill this commitment in three ways:

  • The Meetings: Our FEMASTAT team produces an ongoing series of data-driven reviews, where FEMA's senior leadership evaluates performance against objectives, identifies barriers to success, agrees on actions to eliminate those barriers, and holds individuals accountable for implementation.
  • The Process: Preparing for each meeting requires intense collabroation and rapid in-depth analysis on issues that cut across the entire agency - a process that takes about four weeks of preparation for each session.
  • Decision Analysis: Our long-term goal is to build analytical capacity within FEMA, so the agency makes smarter decisions in every arena.

why did fema create femastat?

In 2011, the Agency's senior leaders recognized that FEMA needed to develop an analytical group to assess progress on key initiatives and to facilitate evidence-based decision-making. To address this need, they created the FEMASTAT program in 2011, modeled after similar programs in other public sector agencies at the local, state and federal levels. FEMASTAT provides analytical support to FEMA components by quantitatively researching and assessing high-priority topics, facilitating decision-making session for senior leaders, and tracking the status of action-items resulting from the sessions.

what are FEMAstat's core values and operating principles?

  • Focused: FEMASTAT ensures our rationale is clear, deliberate, and connected to the explicit goals of the session
  • Fairness and Integrity: FEMASTAT works to ensure analyses are fairly and accurately depicted and all relevant information is taken into consideration
  • Respect: FEMASTAT respects components' time and involvement by ensuring the process is smooth, transparent, and valuable
  • Collaboration and Accessibility: FEMASTAT ensures the presenting component has ample opportunity to contribute to, review, and comment on all content
  • No Surprises: FEMASTAT makes sure all insights and findings are communicated to involved parties prior to a session
  • Mutual Benefit: FEMASTAT ensures the issues chosen are priorities for the presenting component and FEMA leadership

For more information on FEMASTAT contact femastat@fema.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 
12/10/2014 - 15:47
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