Key Takeaways

  • The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has set criteria for evidence-based health promotion programs.

  • The review process is a two-stage application focused on the effectiveness and research-based evidence of the program as well as implementation and dissemination readiness.

  • Currently, the review process has been paused.  Please visit the ACL Health Promotion website for more information.

The purpose of the Evidence-Based Program Review Process is to identify new community programs that meet the criteria established by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) for evidence-based programs funded through the Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III-D, and other discretionary funding.

As of June 2022, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has paused the Evidence-Based Program Review and no future review is scheduled. Future reviews will be announced on the ACL Health Promotion website. All inquiries about the Evidence-Based Program Review process should be sent to: Shannon Skowronski, Team Lead, Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

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 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.

ACL Evidence-Based Program Criteria

Health promotion and disease prevention programs are reviewed based on the following criteria established by the Administration for Community Living:

  • Demonstrated through evaluation to be effective for improving the health and well-being or reducing disease, disability and/or injury among older adults; and
  • Proven effective with older adult population, using Experimental or Quasi-Experimental Design;* and
  • Research results published in a peer-review journal; and
  • Fully translated** in one or more community site(s); and
  • Includes developed dissemination products that are available to the public.

The Review Council has further defined these criteria here

Application Schedule

Currently, the review process has been paused.  Please visit the ACL Health Promotion website for more information.

Application Process

The Review Council conducts a two-stage program application process:

  • Stage 1: The first stage application addresses the effectiveness, evidence, and evaluation details related to the program. Note that there are two separate Stage 1 applications: one application specifically for falls prevention programs, and another application for all other health promotion and disease prevention programs. 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 approved to move to the second stage, applicants will be eligible to receive technical assistance provided by EBLC and may be able to re-apply during a subsequent review, depending on the recommendations of the Review Council.

  • Stage 2 (by invitation only): The second stage will require information about the program implementation, training, dissemination materials, supports available, and other elements essential for successful implementation.