The National Center for Creative Aging has categorized each program as either research validated best practice, field tested best practice, or promising practice. Below are further definitions of each categorization. These definitions were obtained from the US Department of Health and Human Services and categorizations are based on a rubric developed by NCCA and the original Directory Task Force.

Research Validated Best Practice
A program, activity or strategy that has the highest degree of proven effectiveness supported by objective and comprehensive research and evaluation.

Field Tested Best Practice
A program, activity or strategy that has been shown to work effectively and produce successful outcomes and is supported to some degree by subjective and objective data sources.

Promising Practice
A program, activity or strategy that has worked within one organization and shows promise during its early stages for becoming a best practice with long term sustainable impact. A promising practice must have some objective basis for claiming effectiveness and must have the potential for replication among other organizations.

Original Task Force Included:

  • Anne Basting, Founder, Director, TimeSlips Creative Storytelling; Director, UWM Center on Age & Community
  • Eric Booth, Owner, Everyday Arts Inc.
  • Theresa Cameron, Local Arts Agency Services, Americans for the Arts
  • Ken Cole, Associate Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education
  • Barbara Dillon, Director, Health Program, MetLife Foundation
  • Donna Phillips Mason, Aging services specialist. Formally with the National Council on Aging
  • Peter Whitehouse, Professor, Case Western Reserve University; Director, Adult Learning, The Intergenerational School
  • Kimberly Willey, Arts Education Partnership Manager, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies