After the endorsement of the action plan, the next phase is implementation, which is when the community commits to moving forward.
At the five-year mark the community is required to submit a progress report using the indicators that had been developed in the action plan. This process leads to a cycle of continuous improvement. As the action plan priorities are accomplished, new ones are identified and form the basis for additional planning and implementation.
Evaluation becomes an ongoing process as well, demonstrating progress against the baseline assessments previously identified. Evaluation helps determine ways to improve the action plan and demonstrate whether the strategies and action items are meeting the intended outcomes.
WRITING THE ACTION PLAN REPORT
1. Cover page
2. An Executive Summary or Letter from the community’s mayor or county executive
3. Table of Contents
4. A Community Profile
5. An Introduction to the Plan
- How the plan was developed
- Who was involved in the development of the plan
- Who will manage the implementation of the plan
- Other information that is important to the plan
6. The Action Plan
7. Appendices and supporting documentation
Depending on what's in your plan, determine in advance how you will track your progress. That way you'll know if the work is meeting its goals and objectives. If it isn't, you can adapt the plan.
The action plan is an "active" rather than static document.
Continual revisions and amendments are a sign of program improvement and progress, not of failure.
- Age-Friendly London Task Force Three-Year Implementation Plan (PDF)
- Aging Well Network: Ireland’s Age-Friendly Cities and Counties Programme (PDF)
- Age-Friendly Kilkenny, Ireland (Video)
- AARP Public Policy Institute: Livable Communities: Policy
Next Step: Evaluation. »
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
- Better Together: A Comparative Analysis of Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities
Read an AARP report and find links to related resources
- Age-Friendly Foundations
These funding organizations are helping make communities more livable
- Evaluating Your Age-Friendly Community Program: A Step-by-Step Guide
Use this resource when you're identifying indicators in your action plan
- Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts
Learn how to maintain ongoing success