CACL is a trusted university-based resource for applied research, evaluation and technical assistance, which will improve knowledge, policies and practices that guide New Hampshire residents and policy makers in preparing for the aging of the population. CACL offers applied research and evaluation expertise in the ares of caregiving (informal and formal), care transitions, community-based programs and long term care systems.
Research and Evaluation Projects
The Endowment for Health launched a collective impact approach to advance healthy aging in New Hampshire focusing on the development of age friendly communities. To help inform this process, CACL conducted a research-based environmental scan that encompassed six areas of elder health that were identified by the Elder Health Advisory Committee. The six domains include: Living Arrangements, Family Caregivers, Social and Civic Engagement, Physical and Mental Well-being, Advocacy, and Fundamental Needs. Each domain area included background information and the importance of the domain to elder health; existing programs and resources in New Hampshire; best practices nationally; policy, programmatic and research implications; and recommendations to transform the current system.
Transitions in Caregiving: Evaluating a Person-Centered Approach to Supporting Family Caregivers in the Community, an article co-authored by Dr. Vidya Sundar, Susan Fox and Kim Phillips, was published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. The article examines the unique experiences of family caregivers. The authors recommend that multiple interventions be used in tandem with a person-centered approach when developing programs to support caregivers.
CACL provides project management, evaluation and training in partnership with BEAS and the ServiceLink Resource Center Network to develop, support and enhance the Network under Administration on Aging grant funds. Available here are the 2003-2009 evaluation report, as well as the NH ADRC Five Year Operational Plan, a supplement to the State Plan on Aging, covering 2006-present.
CACL provided project management and evaluation in partnership with NH BEAS and ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Centers for three care transitions pilots in three communities, Belknap County, Carroll County and The Monadnock Region. Two communities piloted the Care Transitions Intervention model and one community piloted the Boost model. (Grant period: 2010-2013)
CACL provided project management, evaluation and training in partnership with BEAS and the ServiceLink Resource Center Network to develop, support and enhance the delivery of options counseling across the ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Center Network. This work was conducted in partnership with BEAS under an Administration on Aging grant. Read the Options Counseling Final Report (2003-2009)
CACL implemented DirectConnect, a project created to address the growing need for additional direct care workers in NH. As part of the project, CACL has completed an evaluation of the DirectConnect program. (2010-2013)