AARP Public Policy Institute – Evidence-Based Policy Analysis and Solutions
The work of AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) guides our livable communities agenda by developing evidence-based policy analysis and solutions. PPI examines critical public policy issues that affect the ability of people to successfully age in their homes and communities, regardless of their level of ability. This is accomplished by developing policy options that enhance community livability through housing and mobility options. The institute convenes key stakeholders and policy experts to engage in thoughtful discussions that can inform policymakers, researchers, and program administrators, as well as AARP’s National Policy Council and Board of Directors, who establish AARP policy priorities. Specific research focuses on complete streets, transit-oriented development, and analysis of state livability policy and practices. PPI currently is developing a “livability index” that can serve as a measurement tool for our efforts, and as a way for citizens to gauge their own communities’ readiness and appeal.
Key State Activity
Several AARP state offices engage in furthering livable communities via programs unique to their state work:
- Vermont created a Blueprint for Burlington which has been influencing on the ground work for several years.
- Louisiana developed a council of professionals who volunteer to help plan the statewide Livable Communities Agenda, work in communities, and train new volunteers. This group built a state-wide collaborative effort to improve Human Services transportation coordination.
- Hawaii will participate on the Neighborhood Task Force for the transformation of the Kuhio Park Neighborhood which received a HUD Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant of over of $5 billion.
- Indiana is a key stakeholder with the Health by Design Coalition (a coalition funded by the American College of Sports Medicine).
- Oregon is a leader for the 50+ voice in Portland, and leads several state-wide coalitions on housing and transportation issues.
- Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are working on a regional approach to livable communities work by serving as the convener to their top state officials.