Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

An Evaluation of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh’s Planning Phase: September 2021-August 2022

Johnson, Eve (2023) An Evaluation of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh’s Planning Phase: September 2021-August 2022. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

[img] PDF
Restricted to University of Pittsburgh users only until 28 August 2025.

Download (484kB) | Request a Copy


Introduction: Nationally, older adults represent the fastest growing sector of the population. In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, the population is aging rapidly; by 2045, Southwestern Pennsylvania will see a 75% increase in individuals older than 75. There is a growing urgency to meet the needs of older populations and connect to their communities. Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh (AFGP), part of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities, strives to make the region a more inclusive and respectful place to grow old. This process evaluation aims to determine whether AFGP's activities from the 2021-2022 program year are reaching their target populations, which activities from the initial Action Plan have and have not been carried out, and how to overcome barriers to implementing the Action Plan.

Methods: This evaluation gathered data from AFGP’s documents, tracking sheets, and interviews with key informants from AFGP and their Work Groups. All evaluation indicators were developed using the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) framework.

Results: The evaluation found that AFGP expanded their relationships with community members and organizations and gathered input from these partners to inform their programming. Over the course of the second year of their Planning Phase (2021-22), AFGP continued to foster relationships and deliver information on aging services across many sectors. They entered a new collaborative partnership and obtained increased funding, while continuing to establish goals and report on progress.

Conclusion: AFGP has continued to achieve its goals, expanding their reach and developing models for partnership that provide sustainability and stability. Strengths identified include a network of supporting partners, engagement of diverse stakeholders in their planning processes, and a commitment to working with other local organizations to ensure that their plans and goals for the region align. Recommendations include a consistent use of SMARTIE (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound, inclusive, and equitable) goals, continued efforts to secure partnerships with local governments, and the development of accessible tracking tools. These findings will inform AFGP’s operations for the next year, ensuring that resources are effectively reaching older adults in order to address public health needs of the region.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Johnson, Eveesj16@pitt.eduesj16
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGlynn, Nancy WEPIDNWG@pitt.eduEPIDNWGUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberElias, Thistleelias@pitt.edueliasUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPoskin, Lauralaura@agefriendlypgh.irgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 28 August 2023
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 1 August 2023
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 58
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: aging, older adults, age-friendly city, evaluation
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2023 20:24
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2023 20:24


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item