Perceptions About Community Applications of RE-AIM in the Promotion of Evidence-Based Programs for Older Adults

Marcia G. Ory, Mary Altpeter, Basia Belza, Janet Helduser, Chen Zhang, Matthew Lee Smith

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Abstract

Despite the growing literature about the RE-AIM framework as a planning, implementation, and evaluation tool, little is known about practitioners’ adoption of the framework, confidence to utilize framework elements, or perceptions of its usefulness. To assess how RE-AIM was implemented by state aging service providers and public health partners, data were collected using an Internet-delivered, cross-sectional survey from 40 stakeholders in 27 funded states in an evidence-based disease prevention initiative for older adults. Most participants agreed the framework was useful for planning, implementation, and evaluation and relevant for evaluators, providers, community leaders, and policy makers. Yet nearly half felt monitoring RE-AIM requirements requires special expertise, and one third felt the different RE-AIM elements were difficult to measure. Findings indicate the RE-AIM’s appropriateness and utility for planning and evaluating the dissemination of evidence-based programs to older adults; however, additional trainings, resources, and technical assistance are warranted to enhance uptake in community-wide intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2015

Keywords

  • aging
  • older adults
  • program evaluation
  • program implementation
  • program planning
  • RE-AIM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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