Evidence-based simply means that the program has been proven effective!
Evidence-based programs are based on the best available external evidence from systematic reviews of research literature. They are shown to be effective at helping participants adopt healthy behaviors, improve their health status, and reduce their use of hospital services and emergency room visits.
Evidence-based programs can mitigate the impact of chronic diseases and injuries, such as falls. A Matter of Balance, Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL), and the Otago Exercise Program are evidence-based programs for the prevention of older adult falls. Evidence-based programs provide an ideal model for giving older adults information and support.
Evidence-based programs can add value in many ways. First, they can significantly improve the health and well-being of older adults in the community. Second, they can help attract new participants and funders through innovative programming. Third, they can create powerful partnerships with other organizations, including health care providers.
A Matter of Balance, Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL), and the Otago Exercise Program were approved by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as evidence-based programs. ACL is part of the federal Health & Human Services Administration.
A Matter of Balance and Stay Active and Independent for Life Programs have been approved as Tier III (the highest level) evidence-based programs. Title 3D provides grants for education and implementation of activities that support healthy lifestyles and promote healthy behaviors for the population of over 60 years of age. Title 3D funding can be used to implement these programs at the state and local level.