We designed the evaluation to determine the program effect on seniors and the collective impact for project partners and the community. The methodology included a combination of developmental and participatory approaches to provide real-time data to inform ongoing learning and adaptation that supported project changes.
We conducted over 1000 surveys with seniors to measure changes in their social connections and participation in activities. We developed stories through individual interviews with seniors to examine exactly how changes were happening because of AiA and we interviewed over 30 community partners at multiple time-points to determine where partnerships were forming and how duplication in service delivery was being reduced. Through ongoing triangulation of data, the evaluation informed adaptive learning. The Howegroup team met with the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, to share findings and also presented at national conferences, including the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
Building on this work, and in collaboration with Innoweave, the Howegroup is now (2020) using a process tracing methodology to test contribution logic. Findings will be compared with pan-Canadian sites.