A (potential) Public Health threat or event can serve as a test of system functionality and should be qualitatively reviewed as soon as possible after the event.

The Collaborating Centre has developed expertise in After Action Reviews (AAR’s) of real-life events (a.o. MERS-CoV, ebola, polio, etc.) and developed an internal AAR standard. This method frequently creates opportunities for the Collaborating Centre to continuously improve national processes regarding the adequate response to (potential) Public Health Emergencies.

Regarding the past Ebola outbreak, for instance, the LCI has performed an evaluation of the preparedness and response activities within the Netherlands. For this evaluation study, an inventory has been performed of the views and experiences of all relevant stakeholders involved. ‘Lessons learned’ have been collected and addressed in a national platform for preparedness planning, in order to improve relevant preparedness and response strategies. In addition, the LCI shares its findings from such evaluations with the international community.

In order to support the WHO with a good evaluation methodology in the development of an AAR standard operating procedure, the LCI investigates best practices and indicators on AAR’s.


Leading Staff Expertise
André Jacobi Senior policy advisor Preparedness & Response
Dorothee Roβkamp, MSc     Policy advisor Preparedness
Corien Swaan, MD Senior consultant communicable disease control
Aura Timen, MD, PhD Senior consultant communicable disease control & Head of the National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control