Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Review Council

The purpose of the Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Review Council is to identify new community programs that meet the criteria established by the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) for evidence-based programs funded through the Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III-D (see Appendix A).  It is important to note that Title III-D criteria specifically addresses older adults, but programs submitted through this process may address falls, fall risk factors, or fall-related injuries among adults with disabilities .

The ACL-funded National Falls Prevention Resource Center, based at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), is overseeing this process in partnership with the Evidence-Based Leadership Council (EBLC).  Together, NCOA and EBLC are establishing a Review Council to conduct the assessments of programs submitted through this application process. The Review Council will consist of national leaders with expertise in program research, evaluation, and implementation.

The evidence-based falls prevention program review process provides several benefits:

  • Programs are reviewed for potential inclusion on the ACL Title III-D approved list in a timely, unbiased manner;
  • More community-based falls prevention programs that effectively reduce varied fall risk factors and/or population-specific fall risk factors will be available for dissemination; and,
  • Community, state, and tribal organizations/agencies can use the recommendations of the Review Council to reference programs that have been deemed to be appropriate for inclusion for ACL Title III-D or other ACL future evidence-based program discretionary funding.

Please note: This review process only includes falls prevention programs.  NCOA is currently facilitating a separate review of other health promotion/disease prevention programs.  To learn more, click here.

Review Criteria

Falls prevention programs submitted for review will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated through evaluation to be effective in reducing falls, falls risk factors, and/or fall-related injuries, resulting in improved function, independence and well-being among older adults and/or adults with disabilities(see the following section for the definition of Falls Prevention Program Effectiveness); and
  2. Proven effective with older adults and/or adults with disabilities, using Experimental or Quasi-Experimental Design; and
  3. Research results published in a peer-review journal or journals; and
  4. Fully translated in one or more community site(s); and
  5. Includes developed dissemination products that are available to the public.

Application Schedule

  • Letter of Intent Due (optional) | November 17, 2017
  • Stage 1 Application Due | January 19, 2018
  • Invitations to Submit Stage 2 Applications | March 2, 2018
  • Stage 2 Application Due | April 6, 2018
  • Notifications to Applicants | Early June 2018

To prepare for the applications that will be submitted through this review process, NCOA and EBLC are requesting Letters of Intent (LOI) from those that plan to submit falls prevention programs for review.  This is not a required part of the process, but is highly encouraged. Please  review the Request for LOI document  here and submit an LOI to fpprogramapplication@ncoa.org by November 17, 2017.

NCOA and EBLC would also like to draw your attention to the two-stage application process:

  1. Stage 1: The first stage application addresses the effectiveness, the evidence base and evaluation details related to the program. The Stage 1 application has been posted here. A link to submit the application online (you can cut and paste your information from the Stage 1 application in Word into the online application) will be posted in mid-November. The online application will be due January 19, 2018. Once evaluated by Review Council members with expertise in research and program evaluation, applicants will be notified whether or not they will be invited to complete the second stage of the application. If a program is not selected to move onto the second stage, they will be eligible to receive technical assistance provided by NCOA and EBLC.
  2. Stage 2 (by invitation only): The second stage application will require information about program implementation, training, materials, supports available, etc.

Please note that NCOA will conduct at least one round of program reviews each year.

Questions about the Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Review application or process? Contact fpprogramapplication@ncoa.org.