Framework for local Peer Review on DRM

The CapaCities project has developed a framework for local Peer Review on DRM, that will be tested in Spring 2019. This framework and the supporting Excel tool can be used by local governments to organise peer reviews:

Framework for local Peer Review on DRM (January 2019)

Checklist Peer Review Preparations municipality under review (January 2019)

PDF of the Excel tool: CapaCities Self-assessment Framework for DRM capacities (June 2018)

The peer review framework is based on the experience of the European Commission with DRM peer review on national level, as well as the good practices of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In accordance with the wide experience of OECD in peer reviews, a local DRM peer review is defined as: “a systematic examination and assessment of the performance of a municipality in the field of Disaster Risk Management by expert colleagues (peers) from other municipalities.”

A peer review is a discussion amongst equals and not an external audit or judgement. This makes peer review a more flexible tool. Municipalities may be more willing to accept criticism and fresh ideas, and other municipalities more prone to provide those, if both sides know it does not commit them to the recommendations, but that it rather provides fresh insights. As such, peer review is considered a governance tool, rather than a technical, analytical tool. It helps to foster dialogue between municipalities, as well as between the municipality under review and its vital DRM stakeholders.


This framework is jointly developed by ITINERIS health & safety and the Safety Region South-Holland South and owned by all project partners. It may be used by others, under these conditions:

  • a clear mentioning of the source of the materials and the funding: “Courtesy of the EU CapaCities project,, funded by European Union Civil Protection”;
  • the CapaCities project is informed about the intended use via;
  • there is no commercial gain from the use of the materials.

The content of the project publications represents the views of the author(s) only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.