The City of Denver is seeking to become an age-friendly community, as described by the World Health Organization, by 2020. As part of the planning for this milestone, the Denver Office on Aging (OoA) spearheaded a two-phased approach to identify needs, gaps and areas for improvement in services for older adults.
JVA’s role: The OoA partnered with JVA to conduct the Age Matters Needs Assessment and make recommendations under seven focus areas: housing; mobility and access; workforce; safety; arts, culture and civic participation; support services and communications. Components of this work included surveys of community agencies providing housing services and resources to older adults; surveys targeting older adults living in Denver; a report analyzing the findings; and presentation of the findings.
Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson Counties
In 2017, four metro Denver counties—Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson—sought community assessments with funding from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program.
JVA’s role: JVA was engaged to conduct all four CSBG community assessments. Each assessment was customized to fit the needs and priorities of the individual county, with JVA developing culturally relevant mixed-methods data collection processes to ensure that the process was inclusive. Each county’s data included the percentage of the population age 60 or over, the percentage of older adults living in poverty, and information on the particular challenges older-adult residents faced in each area. Final reports contained key findings highlighting each community’s unmet needs and recommending next steps for each county’s advisory boards in developing community action plans.
Latino Age Wave Colorado
In 2012, Latino Age Wave Colorado sought a multi-year community assessment, strategic planning and development of a logic model, as well as a comprehensive evaluation system for program outcomes.
JVA’s role: JVA completed the above tasks, developing a diverse toolkit with measures including dashboards, surveys, content reviews and interviews, to ensure the outcomes in the logic model would be met over the upcoming three years, and to build capacity and innovative programs to support the wellbeing of Latino older adults.
NextFifty is a Colorado-based foundation that seeks, vets and funds game-changing breakthroughs to improve and sustain quality of life for people in the second 50 years of their lives.
JVA’s role: In 2017, JVA designed and implemented a strategic planning process to help this new foundation establish its funding priorities, operationalize what it means to focus on “innovation,” create funding guidelines and consider how to evaluate its impact. JVA’s work included surveys of board and staff, facilitation of a multiday strategic planning retreat and creation of a report and accompanying documents that laid out populations to be targeted, approach to innovation and risk, grantmaking strategy, investment strategy and organization structure.
Kavod Senior Life
Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) is a Denver nonprofit that provides housing and support services for older adults, reflecting the values of Jewish tradition.
JVA’s role: In 2018, JVA led a multipronged strategic planning process with Kavod. It included two facilitated sessions with Kavod’s strategic planning committee, a facilitated session with key staff members, a survey of Kavod’s board of directors, short interviews with key staff members, two focus groups with Kavod on the Road participants, one-on-one interviews with six key partners, and an environmental scan incorporating market research. This research included traditional and nontraditional housing models from across the country, as well as models being implemented across Colorado.
Brothers Redevelopment Inc.
Brothers Development is a nonprofit based in Edgewater, Colorado, that provides housing and housing-related services for the region’s low-income, older-adult and disabled residents.
JVA’s role: In 2016–2017, JVA facilitated strategic planning for Brothers Redevelopment, whose goals include supporting older adults’ efforts to remain in their homes as they age. Prior to the planning session JVA conducted surveys of board members, key staff and other stakeholders.