One of the greatest challenges age-friendly initiatives face is how to demonstrate that efforts to enhance the age-friendliness of a city or community create the conditions that improve the lives of older people and especially those in most need. Being clear about the expected change and measuring and tracking the actions and outcomes before, during and after a planned program of activities can help attribute meaningful community changes to an ongoing strategy.
This workshop will explore how to measure the impact of work being undertaken to create age-friendly cities and communities within the broader framework of an age-friendly environment. This workshop will address questions such as:
- How are metrics developed that are both locally meaningful and effective for showing change? How can you know if you are reaching those most in need?
- How can “change” be expressed in a practice and policy environment?
- What are some examples of evaluation approaches that have demonstrated impact at the individuals and/or community level?