HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. III. Types of Information Disseminated by AoA to the Public


Each year, AoA produces a number of publications of various types, and about 500 static Web pages. All publications that carry the AoA imprimatur, i.e. are considered official AoA publications or releases and must follow AoA procedures for appropriate for that type of material (see Section V). The types of information disseminated by AoA to the public include the following:

  1. Programmatic Analyses and Evaluations

    This category includes program reviews, evaluations and recurring reports. Analyses of project results may be developed and used for many purposes, including meeting annual reporting requirements, such as the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Highlights of evaluations and analyses may be on the AoA Web site, and used in testimonies and speeches by AoA officials.

  2. Reports, Monographs, and Technical Assistance Materials

    These are generally authored or co-authored by AoA staff analysts as part of their official duties or leading professionals in the field under contract. Such reports typically either provide technical assistance information to agencies and service providers working in aging, provide statistical compilations (typically of Census demographical data which is needed by aging agencies and they plan services) or the reports may address a program or policy issue of concern.

  3. Consumer Information

    AoA provides a number of resources for the general consumer to learn about a variety of aging related concerns such as health information, housing programs available to older people and how to access the service system. A considerable amount of this information is distributed through AoA Center for Communications and Consumer Services (CCCS). Other sources of consumer information include distribution by other AoA staff and the AoA web site.

  4. Oral information, including speeches, interviews

    AoA executives and experts make frequent speeches on a variety of issues relating to aging and are interviewed by the media (only if representing AoA's views, official positions, or policies) as well as written op-ed and similar editorial materials.