Step 4: Implementation and Evaluation
Once your action plan has been adopted, monitor your progress throughout implementation. Evaluating your community’s initiative is an important component to the AFC process because it informs future actions and builds in a process of continuing improvement. The indicators outlined in your action plan will be useful for your measuring your progress.
Throughout the stages of evaluation, keep your stakeholders in mind. Their input will help define how you measure success.
Step 4 Key Tasks:
Primary users, or stakeholders, are the people interested in and impacted by the level of success of your AFC.
The purpose of your evaluation will define the questions you ask about your AFC’s progress:
Is our action plan working as we had intended?
Are our actions making a positive impact?
This step involves choosing what information is useful to your future planning, how you will collect it, and from whom.
You have collected and organized data; invite primary users to help with interpreting results and provide recommendations for future action.
Resources to Support Your Work
Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Evaluating your Age-Friendly Community Initiative Webinar (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Utilization-Focused Evaluation: A Primer for Evaluators (Evaluation in Practice)
Understanding Primary Users Overview with PowerPoint (Community Tool Box)
Measuring the Age-friendliness of Cities: A Guide to Using Core Indicators (World Health Organization)
Sample Indicators List (The AdvantAge Initiative)
Community Indicators for an Aging Population (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
Sustaining Age-Friendly Communities (AFC): A Focus on Champions Webinar (Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Assocation on Gerontology)
Quality of Life Reporting System System for monitoring, measuring, and reporting on social, economic, and environment community-level trends and indicators (Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
Measuring the Age-Friendliness of Cities (World Health Organization)