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Title IIID — Evidence-Based Program Submission Guidance

In order to have your program listed on the Administration on Aging (AoA) Title IIID webpage it must meet one of our three tiered definitions of evidence-based (EB) activities. In order to ensure your program fits within the AoA definition, we ask that you submit documentation outlining the evidence behind your health promotion program. Along with a brief overview of your program and a program URL, please clearly label and describe each piece of documentation you submit. Please indicate in your application which level within the three tier definition you feel your program falls. The three tiers, their criteria and required documentation are listed below.

Minimal Criteria

  • Demonstrated through evaluation to be effective for improving the health and wellbeing or reducing disease, disability and/or injury among older adults; and
  • Ready for translation, implementation and/or broad dissemination by community-based organizations using appropriately credentialed practitioners.

Examples of EB program documentation: write-up of the evaluation of the program and an explanation of the appropriately credentialed practitioners required.

Intermediate Criteria

  • Published in a peer-review journal.
  • Proven effective with older adult population, using some form of a control condition (e.g. pre-post study, case control design, etc.).
  • Some basis in translation for implementation by community level organization.

Examples of EB program documentation: all of the documentation required under the Minimal Criteria; copy of the peer-reviewed journal(s); documentation of the control condition used to prove the effectiveness of the program; and an outline of the current status of program implementation in a community setting.

Highest-level Criteria

  • Undergone Experimental or Quasi-Experimental Design
  • Level at which full translation has occurred in a community site.
  • Level at which dissemination products have been developed and are available to the public.

Examples of EB program documentation: all of the documentation required under the Minimal and Intermediate Criteria; documentation of the design used to research the program and research outcomes; a list of the current locations the program is being implemented within the community; and dissemination products.

To submit your program documentation contact Danielle Nelson at You will receive a confirmation once the materials have been received and a final determination will follow within a few weeks.