Step 3.2 – Define scope and key indicators

The scope and detail of your plan will reflect your community’s unique challenges and opportunities.

Structuring your plan

Your plan needs to reflect the nature and resources of its community.

Your plan might:

  • have a large or small scope as required
  • cover all eight of the WHO age friendly domains or topics (see page 9 of the WHO Global age-friendly cities guide [PDF 1.49MB]) and incorporate dementia friendly work – or focus on only a few of these domains
  • establish actions over a long time period, or it might be a shorter plan with more immediate time horizons.

Hamilton City developed its age friendly plan in three key steps:

  • information gathering
  • identifying age friendly projects, and
  • establishing an evaluation group.

Your community may have its own unique challenges and opportunities. Participants may identify the need for additional age friendly domains to include in your plan.

Set some key indicators

Indicators can be used to:

  • help build a shared understanding of the community’s age friendly priorities so that the project’s goals align with the most important themes
  • measure the community’s baseline level of age friendliness and monitor progress over time
  • gain political and social commitment to support the long-term sustainability of actions.

You can develop your own indicators that are specific to your community, or you could use some or all of those set by the World Health Organization, in their framework:

Measuring the Age-friendliness of Cities [PDF, 7.33MB]

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