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In addition to the NCEA, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) supports other resource centers, several of which conduct or participate in research studies. Please see a list of recent research activities engaged in by our ACL affiliates:


• Evaluation of Adult Protective Service Programs

   APS TARC has been evaluating the effectiveness of its programs through two initiatives:

o The National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), a national database of information and data on APS programs. NAMRS annually collects data on APS investigations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults and adults with disabilities, as well as information on the administration of APS programs

o The National Voluntary Guidelines for State APS Systems, the development of core principles and common expectations to encourage consistency in APS policy and practices across the country.

For more information, access this link.

•  Adult Protective Services Study on the Impact of COVID-19, a recent report on the impact of the pandemic on APS’ programs, cases, workload, and staff.

To read the report, access this link.

•  Predicting the Risk of Adult Maltreatment (PRAM)

This project explores the use of predictive analytics (artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other “big data” tools) as one component of a broader approach to predict and prevent elder mistreatment.

•  APS Guidelines Implementation and Technical Assistance Pilot Program

o The APS Guidelines Implementation and Technical Assistance (TA) Pilot project conducted by New Editions Consulting, Inc. in collaboration with the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) developed a survey to assess the extent to which states have tried to integrate the 2016 Guidelines for Adult Protective Services (APS) into state policies and practice.

For more information about these projects, please access this link.

National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI)

• Tribal Elder Abuse Services Survey

The Tribal Elder Abuse Services Survey, sponsored by AARP, focuses on the perceptions and availability of community elder services. Data will help inform planning for tribal elder justice programs, an online directory and interactive map, and training and resources to meet the needs of American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Villages, and Hawaiian Homesteads.

• Native Elder Maltreatment Survey

The Native Elder Maltreatment Survey (NEMS) helps Native American Tribes, Alaskan Villages, and Hawaiian Homesteads to understand the prevalence of elder mistreatment, neglect, and financial exploitation in their respective communities. The survey uses the Hwalek-Sengstock Elder Abuse Screening Test to assess if Elders are at high risk for mistreatment. The survey also uses the Native Elder Life Scale (NELS), which assesses neglect and financial exploitation.

For more information about these projects, access this link.

Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)

• Benefit U Project

WISER initiated the Benefit U project to assess the feasibility of an online financial technology platform to serve as a virtual human relations department for entrepreneurs, self-employed workers, independent contractors, freelancers, and other workers without access to benefit resources.

For more information about the study, please access this link.

• The Latina Savings Project

The Latina Savings Project (2017-2019) was designed to encourage savings among low- and moderate-income Latinas. The program focused on helping participants understand their own finances, overcome barriers to saving, develop savings goals, and open a savings account.

For more information about the project, please access this link.


The National Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Resource Center (LTCOP)

• Process Evaluation (2019)

The LTCOP undertook a process evaluation of the ombudsman program to support program planning and improvement by assessing the LTCOP’s implementation at the federal, state, and local levels. The Final Report for the Process Evaluation of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program examines the program’s structure and operations, use of resources to carry out its legislative mandates, the nature of program partnerships, and program quality assurance activities.

For more information about the report, please access this link.

• National Evaluation of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Local Data Collection (2018)

As part of the LTCOP national evaluation, local/regional ombudsmen were asked to complete an online survey about their experiences with the program. In a 30-minute webinar, speakers provided a description of the evaluation and its activities, a demonstration of how to access the online survey, and information on how to reach out to the team for technical support.

To access the webinar slides, please click here.

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