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AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit

Step 4: Evaluation

How to monitor and assess the community’s efforts

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.

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Additional 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






8 Features of an Age-Friendly Community

From the "8 Domains of Livability" slideshow.

Collage of AARP Livable Communities reports

Resources from the 2015 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:

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