AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit

How To Create a Community Action Plan

Learn how to get and be prepared

AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

The "How to Create a Community Action Plan" presentation is an essential tool for any community in the initial phases of its AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities membership.

Once enrolled in the AARP network, a community has a total of two years to complete a community assessment (Step 1: Getting Ready) and develop a community action plan (Step 2: Planning).

The plan is based on assessments conducted within the community to identify needs within the eight domains the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as influencing the health and quality of life of older adults

If you have questions or webinar suggestions, write to us at livable@aarp.org (and note "AARP NAFC" in the subject line).

The Presentation is Organized as Follows

  • Welcome
  • Age-Friendly Action Planning
  • Elements of an Action Plan
  • Action Plan Development Case Studies
  • Evaluation and Action  Planning
  • Resources
  • Q&A

Included in the webinar are discussions about two communities that have completed their action plans but did so using different models.

What Needs to Be in Place

While there is flexibility in how a plan is created and what it will do, every action plan should include the following:

  1. A statement of what must be achieved (aka: the goal or output)
  2. Activities that have to be followed to reach the objective or goal
  3. The target date for completion and/or a schedule for when each activity must begin and end
  4. Identification of the group or individual responsible for each activity
  5. Clarification of the inputs or resources for completing the task
  6. Identification of the indicators that will allow for measuring progress toward the goals

The Action Plan Format

In the end, the action plan is an actual document, presented with the following elements:

  1. Cover page
  2. Executive summary or letter from the community's mayor or county executive
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Community Profile
  5. Introduction to the plan
  6. How the plan was developed
  7. Who was involved in the development of the plan
  8. Who will manage the implementation of the plan
  9. Other information that is important to the plan
  10. The Action Plan
  11. Appendices and supporting documentation

Page published March 30, 2015

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