It has been ten years since the World Health Organization announced the development of the Age-friendly Communities framework. This year marks a pivotal milestone in this international movement to create inclusive, welcoming communities for people of all ages; to date, 287 communities around the world have been recognized as being an Age-friendly Community.
"An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age." - World Health Organization
With all of this momentum, it is important to take time to reflect on the process to ensure we are achieving the vision we are striving for. Evaluation is more than just measuring successes – it is about collecting data from multiple sources to assess outcomes and impacts (positive and negative) so we can gain a more fulsome understanding of how to intentionally revise and adapt our plans so our communities continue to thrive.
Recognizing this, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has created the “Age-friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress.” This guide will assist communities in their endeavours to help establish a baseline, measure progress, and utilize feedback to make further improvements.
Packed with a list of 43 indicators aligning with the eight domains of the Age-friendly Communities framework, this guide provides a series of tools and additional resources to help assess the progress being made.
With the launch of the Evaluation Guide, PHAC conducted a webinar to help people better understand how to utilize the tools. View the webinar recording here.
While we have come a long way and there are many community stories to share, there is plenty of room for improvement. With the addition of this guide, it will be exciting to see where the path of Age-friendly Communities leads us in another ten years as we continue to measure and deepen our impact.
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