Understanding the Elder Justice Act

Jun 23, 2011

Dr. John Johnson and Chuck Fields have worked on numerous projects relating to the Elder Justice Act (EJA), including working on a data analysis of survey results gathered to support the EJA.

In 2010 the Elder Justice Act was passed in an effort to promote elder justice and prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. In response to this landmark policy initiative, Appleseed, a not-for-profit network of public interest justice centers, conducted a nation-wide survey of Adult Protective Services (APS) administrators to identify a variety of critical information in support of the EJA. Edgeworth’s economists worked with Appleseed’s Life Long Justice team to assess the results of the surveys and identify the needs and priorities of APS programs. The analysis highlighted key responsibilities, resource challenges, and top priorities among APS professionals. Dr. Johnson, Mr. Fields, and the rest of Edgeworth’s expert team:

  • Standardized the survey data
  • Constructed a database of results
  • Summarized and analyzed the data

Edgeworth’s data analysis turned the survey results into valuable information for the Appleseed organization, which used it to help shape policy in the elder care field, identify barriers faced by APS administrators, and provide a foundation for future research in the field.

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