Technologies and services in the field of autonomous aging (AAL) to increase autonomy, social participation and quality of life of older people. CIVISTI aims to draw attention to the specific needs of the users.
Oftentimes, the developers of technologies for older adults are close to market research and development . This frequently leads to a strong focus on economic issues. CIVISTI AAL aims to deliver the basis for R & D decisions which are based on the needs of the users.
CIVISTI stands for "Citizen Visions on Science, Technology and Innovation" and is a new method developed by the ITA which has already been tested in seven EU countries. It enables us to show different perspectives on problems and current social tensions.
CIVISTI-AAL is an evolution: For the first time our research focuses on a specific local area, namely Vienna. The results are expected to be more concrete than other foresight studies and therefore easier to implement for R&D. Viennese citizens, stakeholders (nurses, company, family members of those affected) and experts will develop a holistic view on issues relevant for autonomous ageing. The process will consist of five steps:
This advanced process merges offline (face-2-face) and online (keyboard-keyboard-2) deliberation in order to take advantage of both forms of participation. By the year 2014, the web application available at www.leben2050.at will enable the participation of a larger number of people, making the external legitimacy of the results more likely. The workshops throughout the first phase ensure the intense personal exchange between the citizens which is crucial for the creation of common visions and ideas.
An important goal is to involve as many older adults in the evaluation process as possible. This poses great challenges for the design of the web application and the communication strategy of the project partners.