The federal government continues to mandate and fund non-profit organizations to provide social services in local communities around the United States. Social services such as healthcare, education and poverty relief have been “privatized” to non-profit organizations. In the case of aging services, the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging (ECIAAA) has been mandated and funded by the federal government and the state government of Illinois based on appropriations in Title III from the Older Americans Act (OAA). This area agency and others around the country provide program and planning services and support to service providers for older adults, caregivers and their families. “The Maturing of Illinois: Getting Communities on Track for Aging Communities” is a statewide initiative being implemented by the Area Agencies around the state of Illinois. The main purpose of this initiative is to evaluate the services and needs of older adults in communities located throughout regional counties. Since this community assessment initiative is a service mandated and assigned directly by the federal and state governments, ECIAAA has the responsibility to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative to report back the achieved goals and outcomes among the communities. The measurement of effectiveness for the statewide initiative serves as an evidence-based study that would persuade the federal and state governments to continue trusting and funding the social services provided by ECIAAA to local communities in east central Illinois.
Alustiza, Joseph, "Measuring the Effectiveness of the Statewide Initiative: “The Maturing of Illinois”" (2009). Capstone Projects – Politics and Government. Paper 2.