Links and Resources

The Center for Healthy Aging
encourages and assists community-based organizations serving older adults to develop and implement evidence-based health promotion/ disease prevention programs. Numerous resources that agencies may find helpful in implementing an evidence-based program are located here, including PowerPoint presentations, guides, manuals, training webinars and a downloadable "Tools and Checklists" that contains useful tools for assessing agency readiness and maintaining program fidelity.

The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices. Useful information about the core components for successful implementation of evidence-based programs as well as tools to assist with staff selection, training, coaching, and staff and program evaluation can be found on this site.

APA Caregiver Briefcase for Psychologists
is a web-based resource that psychologists can use to assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching, advocacy and community service. It is also useful for other professionals who work with family caregivers, psychologists facing caregiving challenges within their own families, and caregivers themselves.

Using What Works: Adapting Evidence-Based Programs to Fit Your Needs
, is a training program developed by the National Cancer Institute for health promoters and educators on the national, regional, State, and local levels. After completing the training course, participants are able to use existing evidence-based programs as a starting place for their own programs, they will know how to choose an evidence-based program that has potential to be successful in their communities, they will know how to modify the program to meet the unique characteristics of their audiences, and they will know how to evaluate the success of their program.

Implementing a Community-Based Program for Dementia Caregivers: An Action Guide using REACH OUT: REACH OUT is an evidence-based caregiver intervention adopted from REACH II. This Action Guide provides a step-by-step approach to using REACH OUT in communities of varying size and composition, and can be applied to other evidence-based programs to facilitate expansion of caregiver interventions and promote their adoption into widespread practice. This Action Guide was developed in collaboration with the University of Michigan's Institute of Gerontology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

Getting to Outcomes
is an evaluation model emphasizing that collaboration between science and practice is needed. Incorporating traditional evaluation, empowerment evaluation, results-based accountability, and continuous quality improvement, this manual's ten-step process enhances practitioner prevention skills while empowering them to plan, implement, and evaluate their own programs.

Research Based Recommendations for Effective Caregiver Interventions
was developed by the Michigan Dementia Coalition. Their hope is that you will consider these recommendations in your policies, objectives and strategies when offering programs to family caregivers. The research findings indicate that implementation of these recommendations will lead to the greatest impact on caregivers, and thus on the quality of care for the person with dementia. Specific questions and issues for organizations to consider are offered at the end.

Administration on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) Resource Compendium
The Administration on Aging promotes evidence-based intervention models that help people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD) to remain in their communities. This can be translated into effective programs that are administered at the community level through the Aging Services Network and its partner organizations. They maintain a list of resources on effective evidence-based intervention practice including interventions for Family Caregivers of people with ADRD.

Assuring Healthy Caregivers: The RE-AIM Framework, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Assuring Healthy Caregivers, A Public Health Approach to Translating Research into Practice: The RE-AIM Framework presents key questions and methods to help program developers, planners, and evaluators use the framework in their work on caregiving. Case examples are offered in which the RE-AIM framework is applied to a caregiver intervention program and a policy intervention; and additional resources for those interested in pursuing the use of RE-AIM for caregiver supports programs and policies are suggested.

Family Caregiver Alliance, Innovations Clearinghouse on Family Caregiving
The goal of the Innovations Clearinghouse on Family Caregiving is to be an online community which will promote professional knowledge around families in their caregiving role. This online community includes:
* a national, searchable repository of evidence-based interventions, policy efforts and emerging practices and tools with a primary focus on the support of family/informal caregivers; and
* various interactive features that will offer educational and networking opportunities among professionals and promote the flow of information and exchange of ideas on family caregiving

State of the Science: Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregiving
Most older adults who need assistance depend on family and friends as their only source of help. And because social workers and nurses are at the forefront of supporting family caregivers, and in order to better prepare professionals in these fields, the American Journal of Nursing, the AARP Foundation, the Council on Social Work Education, the Family Caregiver Alliance; and the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy hosted an invitational symposium and produced this report. Both were made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.

National Institute of Nursing Research
The mission of NINR is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. NINR supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan. The research focus encompasses health promotion and disease prevention, quality of life, health disparities, and end-of-life. NINR seeks to extend nursing science by integrating the biological and behavioral sciences, employing new technologies to research methods, and developing the scientists of the future.