The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York in partnership with the Gifford Foundation is funding a Central New York Neighborhood Action (CNYNAI) Initiative to create and test evidence-based practices that will enable seniors to remain in their homes and own communities as they grow older rather than in nursing homes or other forms of institutionalized care. Apter & O’Connor has been selected to serve as the evaluator for this exciting initiative. We will be conducting a process evaluation to document the implementation and potential long term ramifications of the seven funded projects.
The overall evaluation question is have the efforts of the grantees moved the selected neighborhoods toward the ultimate goal of allowing seniors to remain in their homes and/or communities; and if so, to what extent and in what ways has this been accomplished? Apter & O’Connor will articulate the unique characteristics of each project that may have had the most significant influence or impact on creating conditions and supports that allow elderly residents to age in their own homes and neighborhoods.
The seven CNYNAI initiatives build from baseline data produced through the Concept Mapping process, developed by Concept Systems Incorporated and an analysis of US census data. Each project will use the AdvantAge Model developed by The Center for Home Care Policy & Research Visiting Nurse Service of New York as a guiding framework for developing measurable indicators.
In addition, A&O is facilitating a “learning community” for the seven projects. The sessions function to bring information and resources from experts in the field, as well as develop a network of support amongst the participants.