Evidence-Based Program Review Council


The Evidence-Based Program Review Council is leading a process 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 older adults and/or adults with disabilities.

The ACL-funded National Chronic Disease Self-Management Education 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 program review process provides several benefits:

  • Programs will be reviewed for potential inclusion on the ACL Title III-D approved list in a timely, unbiased manner;
  • More programs targeting varied risk factors and populations will be available for dissemination; and
  • Community, state, and tribal organizations/agencies can use the recommendations of 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 does not include falls prevention programs.  NCOA will facilitate a separate review of falls prevention programs beginning October 2017.  To learn more, click here.

Request for Stage 1 Applications

NCOA and EBLC are conducting a two-stage Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program application process:

  1. The first stage is an application that addresses the evidence and evaluation details related to the 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. Note: There will be a separate review process for falls prevention programs in the October timeframe, so please do not submit programs with a primary focus of falls prevention for this process.
  2. The second stage will require information about the program implementation, training, dissemination materials, supports available, and other elements essential for successful implementation. If your program is not selected to move onto the second stage, you will be eligible to receive technical assistance provided by NCOA and EBLC, and will be able to re-apply during a subsequent review

Additional details concerning the process are included in the application.

Stage One is now closed (applications no longer accepted).  The online application that was used can be found here.  The full application is also available here in Word format.

Application Schedule

  • Request for Stage 1 Applications: August 18
  • Release of Stage 1 Program Application: August 18
  • Stage 1 Program Applications (i.e., Program Research and Evidence) Due: September 15
  • Invitations to Submit Stage 2 Program Applications (i.e., Program Implementation) Released: November 15
  • Stage 2 Program Applications Due: January 12 (updated deadline)
  • Notification of Approved Programs: Late February

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

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