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Center for Disability and Aging Policy (CDAP)

Office of Performance and Evaluation

Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

The purpose of the Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (ADEPP) webpage is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices in the areas of aging and disability and determine which of these may best meet their needs. ADEPP is one way that ACL is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.

ADEPP is a voluntary process in which intervention developers elect to participate. All interventions on this page have met minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.

The ADEPP intervention summaries provide key information about evidence-based interventions that can be readily disseminated and replicated at the community level. ADEPP inclusion does not constitute an ACL endorsement of specific interventions.

The interventions selected for an ADEPP review have already been tested through randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) or quasi-experimental studies, and the results published in peer-reviewed journals.  ADEPP consists of a rigorous review process involving two panels of independent expert reviewers. One set of reviewers assess and rate the quality of research; the other reviewers rate the program on readiness for dissemination.  The final review summaries provide key information including a description of the intervention, costs associated with the intervention, other citations, and translational work (whenever available).

Currently, there are a limited number of interventions that have completed the review and summary process. Through an on-going ADEPP process, new reports will be completed and posted as they become available on a range of topics, including:

  • Caregiver and family support
  • Employment
  • Health and wellness
  • Legal, justice, and elder abuse
  • Long-term services and supports
  • Mental health promotion

ADEPP Intervention Summaries

For each intervention reviewed through the ADEPP process, a report called an intervention summary is published on this web page. Each intervention summary includes: general information about the intervention; a description of the research outcomes reviewed; ratings of the quality of research and readiness for dissemination; a list of studies and materials reviewed; information about the translation of the intervention to additional settings and populations; and, contact information to obtain more information about implementation or research. The long-range vision of this effort is to have hundreds of summaries of evidence-based interventions that serve older adults and people with disabilities available to the public for their consideration and use.

Interventions available to date, include:



Last Modified: 9/19/2013