Why Evidence-Based Matters

 

What makes evidence-based healthy aging programs different from other programs that promote healthy aging?  It's the research behind them. Evidence-based programs are interventions that have been proven in scientific studies. When research shows that the program is effective in preventing disease and improving health, it becomes evidence-based.  HIGH-LEVEL evidence-based programs are those that have undergone randomized control trials and are ready for wide distribution.  

 

All of the programs WIHA offers are high-level evidence-based programs shown to help older people prevent the onset or progression of a disease, chronic condition, or other health problem.  While other programs that are not evidence-based may be good for you, they cannot claim to be proven to provide you with the results you hope to achieve by participating in those programs.


Not only does WIHA promote evidence-based healthy aging programs, we participate in creating them.  Through the Community-Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN), we pair community organizations with academic partners to work together on research projects that will lead to programs or processes to help people as they age.  Learn more about healthy aging research by visiting our Community-Academic Aging Research Network section.


Many health education programs are evaluated to illustrate how effective they are in producing the intended results. Evaluation is an important component in health education program design and implementation. Evaluation can be as simple as a short satisfaction survey or as detailed as a scientific study.  Only those programs that have a scientific evaluation process evidence-based.