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Evaluating Socio-economic Impact of Age-Friendly Environments

  • Mireia Ferri Sanz
  • Jorge Garcés Ferrer
  • Willeke van Staalduinen
  • Rodd Bond
  • Menno Hinkema
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Abstract

Promoting age-friendly environments (AFE) is an effective approach to address the challenge of demographic change. While there have been many AFE solutions implemented across Europe, there is a widespread lack of awareness and know-how within local and regional authorities on the value and mechanisms of self-assessing the impact of AFE initiatives so that they can be monitored and improved, and more effectively scaled and transferred to other localities and regions. This chapter presents the Social Economic and Environmental Impact Tool (SEE-IT) developed within the AFE-Innovnet project, funded by the CIP programme. SEE-IT provides a framework to undertake holistic assessments of AFE initiatives in Europe and supports cyclic and iterative processes to do ex ante and ex post evaluations of initiatives using indicators from the AAI.

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Acknowledgements

The SEE-IT is developed under the Project “Thematic Network Innovation for age-friendly environments in the European Union—AFE-Innovnet” funded by the CIP programme of the European Commission (ref.: 620978).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mireia Ferri Sanz
    • 1
  • Jorge Garcés Ferrer
    • 1
  • Willeke van Staalduinen
    • 2
  • Rodd Bond
    • 3
  • Menno Hinkema
    • 4
  1. 1.University of ValenciaValènciaSpain
  2. 2.Age-friendly NederlandGoudaNetherlands
  3. 3.Netwell Centre at the Dundalk Institute of TechnologyDundalkIreland
  4. 4.TNO (Netherlands)The HagueNetherlands

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