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PROJECT 2015
State Agencies Prepare for the Impact of an Aging New York

Project 2015 was a nine-month strategic planning process involving 36 New York State government agencies. It was carried out in 2002 at the direction of the Governor and managed under the leadership of the New York State Office for the Aging. The aim of this project was to help state government agencies prepare to appropriately meet the needs of New York's citizens as the State's demographic profile shifts significantly through the coming years.

For the 2002 planning process, each agency conducted an agency-specific analysis of major demographic and social trends shaping New York's communities (the aging of the population and the State's increasing diversity--disabilities, ethnicity, culture, and household types). The agencies assessed the impact of these trends on their agencies' mission, programs, services, constituency make-up, and day-to-day administration; and they recommended strategies and action steps they each could implement to address these impacts. Each agency's assessment and planning strategies were recorded in a policy brief, and the 36 briefs were assembled into a policy document entitled Project 2015: State Agencies Prepare for the Impact of an Aging New York: White Paper for Discussion.

For public use, the nine-month process was documented and published into a how-to guide (Project 2015: Guide to New York State Government's Planning Initiative); and a community tool kit (Project 2015: A Tool Kit for Community Action) was developed. In addition, following the nine-month process, annual updates of the 36 agencies' accomplishments for 2003, 2004, and 2005 (Project 2015 State Agencies Status Reports) were documented and published, as well as a Population Characteristics by County document.

Contact information for Project 2015:
New York State Office for the Aging
2 Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12223
1-518-474-4425

If you have any difficulties with any of the downloads on this page, please contact either Vera Prosper, or Jennifer Rosenbaum (Email links on the Toolkit page)

The following publications and documents provide more information about New York State's Project 2015 initiative, and will provide you with the tools necessary to replicate or adapt this strategic planning process in your organization or community:

  1. Project 2015: The Future of Aging in New York State - A Tool Kit for Community Action (2003), Albany, NY: New York State Office for the Aging. To view, click on: Tool Kit.
    This tool kit provides information and tools to help local leaders consider how best to engage in and prepare for the dynamic demographic changes taking place in communities across New York and across the country. For New York, these demographic changes include both the aging of our population and the increasing diversity of our communities.

    With the Tool Kit, local conveners have the materials to implement the Project 2015 planning process at the community level. As part of our continuing commitment to prepare for the impact of New York's changing demographic profile, you are invited to use the information and ideas in the Tool Kit to assist you, as a local convener, to prepare for these dynamic processes and to help your community's organizations prepare for an aging, more diverse population. This process will help you capitalize on the skills, knowledge, and resources that community entities and residents bring to your locality.


  2. Project 2015: Guide to New York State Government’s Planning Initiative (2003), Albany, NY: New York State Office for the Aging. To view, click on: Guide.
    The Guide, a joint effort by the New York State Office for the Aging and the University at Albany’s Center for Excellence in Aging Services, documents and describes the Project 2015 strategic planning process and identifies the core elements of success in this initiative. The Guide provides information and findings about the overall design, management, and implementation of Project 2015, and can be used by government, community, and organization leaders who are seeking to engage in a multi-entity or community-wide planning process to develop action steps around a common issue.


  3. Project 2015: State Agencies Prepare for the Impact of an Aging New York: White Paper for Discussion (2002), Albany, NY: New York State Office for the Aging. To view, click on: White Paper.
    The White Paper includes a compendium of Briefs developed by each of the 36 state government agencies participating in the strategic planning process that was launched in 2002. This publication also includes two introductory articles about New York's changing demographics ("The Face of New York—The Numbers" and "The Face of New York—The People"), and a summary of the 36 state agencies' work ("Analysis and Summary of 36 State Agency Briefs"). The White Paper provides both a practical overall framework for New York State to prepare for the future impact of significant demographic and social changes, and a basis from which individual state agencies are continuing to take concrete actions to address these changes.


  4. Project 2015: Population Characteristics by County (2003), Albany, NY: New York State Office for the Aging. To view, click on: County Population Characteristics.
    This document provides population projections for New York State (all ages) based on the 2000 Census. The document was developed by New York State Empire State Development’s State Data Center and was published by the State Office for the Aging as a companion document to Project 2015: State Agencies Prepare for the Impact of an Aging New York: White Paper for Discussion.


  5. Project 2015 State Agencies Status Reports (2003; 2004; 2005), Albany, NY: New York State Office for the Aging. To view each of the reports, click on:
    These reports document the accomplishments of state agencies in the three years following their participation in the Project 2015 strategic planning initiative.


  6. Project 2015: The Future of Aging in New York State: Articles and Briefs for Discussion (2000; reprinted 2002), Abany, NY: New York State Office for the Aging). To view, click on: Articles and Briefs.
    *(This document is large and will take some time to complete downloading.)
    These 24 articles and briefs, which analyze the future impact of a variety of aging issues on our state and communities, were written by researchers, service providers, policy analysts, and other professionals with expertise in the field of aging. This publication was produced as a joint effort by the New York State Office for the Aging and the State Society on Aging of New York.