As a community enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, it is important to both conduct a community assessment and determine the key indicators to monitor as the community’s action plan is developed and implemented.
AARP has created a survey that asks residents to indicate what they perceive is available in their communities and what they consider to be important. This survey can be used to establish baseline data, help uncover gaps, establish community priorities and support the development of the plan.
Additional instruments may also be available, and other surveys that have been conducted by the community can also provide useful data.
To develop a suitable monitoring and evaluation process it is necessary to understand the priorities of the individual community in question and establish a baseline within the context of the World Health Organization’s eight domains of a livable community. Once these parameters are established, data can be evaluated and monitored over time to determine areas of progress.
This following content can assist in the monitoring and evaluation process required of the community.
- AARP Livable Communities Principles
- Key Indicators of Community Priorities
- Evaluating Your Age-Friendly Community Program: A Step-by-Step Guide (PDF)
- AARP Survey of Community Residents Ages 50 and Older (PDF)
- AARP Age-Friendly Resource Guide
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AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES TOOL KIT RESOURCES
- The Member List: See the current roster of enrolled communities in the United States as well as their action plans and other information
- Preparing the Membership Materials: Find the membership application, sample letters of commitment, resolutions and more
- AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Program Cycle: Download a visual overview of the program’s steps and elements
- AARP Age-Friendly Resource Guide: A selection of key resources to support age-friendly communities through all stages of the program cycle
- World Health Organization Guide to Age-Friendly Cities: Download this 82-page guide for a deep dive into the program
- Age-Friendly Foundations: These funding organizations are helping make communities more livable
- Evaluating Your Age-Friendly Community Program: A Step-by-Step Guide: Download this resource when you reach Phase 4
- Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts: Learn how to maintain ongoing success
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Each fall, AARP Livable Communities hosts an age-friendly conference of community representatives and AARP staff. Download the presentations and materials from each of our annual learning events: