Aging and Disability-Related Evaluation and Research

AI has extensive experience researching services for adults with disabilities.  Since 2007, AI has provided consecutive evaluation research studies to the Department of Health Services, State of Wisconsin regarding the performance of the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs).


AI has conducted Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessments (CSNAs) in Delaware, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. For each of these CSNAs, AI interviewed employers, community-based service providers, health care providers, vocational rehabilitation staff, and other stakeholders and advocates. We conducted focus groups of consumers and developed and administered surveys of consumers, employers and other stakeholders.

AI conducted needs assessments for Maine AARP’s age-friendly community program in towns and cities across the state of Maine, which included a mixed-methods approach with surveys of residents and focus groups. Many of these assessments examined the services provided in the town or city and where gaps in coverage may exist. The focus of these assessments was accessibility and independent living for all residents, including adults with disabilities and elders. The assessment results support the community’s action plan to fill gaps identified by the survey and focus groups, allowing the community to address both short-term improvements and long-term projects.

AI conducted a senior needs assessment in Santa Clara County California that employed a mixed-methods approach with six focus groups, extensive literature review and the use of secondary data sources including ACS and BRFSS.

AI conducted a study for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority focused on Native Alaskan elders and included qualitative key informant interviews, community forums and focus group sessions, as well as telephone and internet surveys. During this time, we also worked closely with the Alaska Commission on Aging and a project Advisory Board consisting of members of a variety of stakeholder organizations.