Sandi Smith, Bureau Chief
(850) 414-2139

Bureau of Planning and Evaluation

The Bureau of Planning and Evaluation measures and evaluates the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the Department’s programs. It supports the Department’s commitment to providing the highest quality of services by regularly surveying and monitoring to assess consumer satisfaction. The bureau provides the Department and its stakeholders with the following services:

  • Strategic planning and needs assessment
  • Performance-based program budgeting
  • Program analysis and evaluation
  • Demographic analysis and forecasting
  • Program data gathering and dissemination
  • Grant writing

One of the bureau’s activities is management support for Florida’s Silver Alert Plan, an initiative helping law enforcement officers rescue seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia who go missing or become lost while driving a motor vehicle. Silver Alert allows widespread broadcast of information concerning missing seniors and vehicle information to the public through highway message signs, media alerts and neighborhood telephone alerts. The bureau provides Silver Alert training and media materials, and maintains a listserv notifying the senior network and members of the public of each Silver Alert, outcomes and reports. The Department partners with the Florida Department of Transportation, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other entities to manage the Silver Alert Plan.

The bureau also acts as a clearinghouse for demographic, economic and social information about older Floridians, provides planning and other analytical support for the Department’s partners within Florida’s elder service delivery network, and prepares documents required by the federal Older Americans Act and the Florida Legislature.

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