Older Americans Act Title III-D

The Administration on Aging’s (AoA) Older Americans Act Title III-D is the legislation that sets the criteria and provides funding for evidence-based health promotion programs. AoA uses a graduated or tiered set of criteria for defining evidence-based interventions implemented through the Act: highest-level, intermediate, and minimal criteria.

Highest-Level Criteria

  • Undergone Experimental or Quasi-Experimental Design; and
  • Level at which full translation has occurred in a community site; and
  • Level at which dissemination products have been developed and are available to the public.

Intermediate Criteria

  • Published in a peer-review journal; and
  • Proven effective with older adult population, using some form of a control condition (e.g. pre-post study, case control design, etc.); and
  • Some basis in translation for implementation by community-level organizations.

Minimal Criteria

  • Demonstrated through evaluation to be effective for improving the health and wellbeing of, or reducing disease, disability and/or injury among, older adults; and
  • Ready for translation, implementation and/or broad dissemination by community-based organizations using appropriately credentialed practitioners.

Learn more about the programs supported by the Older Americans Act.