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This report evaluates one part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, the Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Program (EHMP). A methodology was developed around a simple conceptual model of the process by which earthquakes cause death and destruction and the process by which the effects of earthquakes might be mitigated. The majority of the research in the EHMP is directed to the principal goals of the national program, emphasizing improved seismic design and building research. The overwhelming majority of resources go to understanding earthquake hazards further and devising better hazard reduction techniques. The EHMP lacks a clear, quantitative program evaluation framework, which would be constantly upgraded as new knowledge is generated. The EHMP needs to create an effective, easy-to-use management information system that would allow program directors to see what has been and what is being funded.

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