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Changes in the world of standards heralded by PROGRESSIVE project. Final event calls for standardisation bodies to engage with older people in new ways!

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At its final event, held in Brussels on January 31, 2019, the PROGRESSIVE project brought together a wide range of stakeholders to look at how older people can get more involved in the world of standardisation, so that standards that are being developed better address their needs and perspectives.

Participants commented on how the event, and the PROGRESSIVE project in general, have been beneficial for them or have helped them in their own activities:

“As a clinician, researcher and educator, the PROGRESSIVE network and its conferences provided me with an excellent opportunity for dialogue and insights within key focus areas in healthy ageing and smart cities.”
Axel Wolf, RN, MBA, PhD, European Chair CEN/TC 450 Patient involvement in person-centred care
VP for Innovation and Digitalization, Associate Professor, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University and University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care (GPCC), Sweden

“I felt very privileged to attend this event as the liaison between ISO TC260 Human Resources Management and TC314 Ageing Societies. This event provided high quality information on how we can engage older people and end-users around ICT in Active & Healthy Ageing Standards. Thank you CEN-CENELEC * STAIR-AHA for a highly productive day in Brussels and meeting high quality experts. My goal is to promote this further in Australia. We need to continue the momentum, and further collaboration and funding is essential.”
Dr. Sabrina Pit, Workforce Research Streamleader, University Centre for Rural Health, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney & Western Sydney University, Australia

“The event was very well organised and was a good combination of interesting and engaging speakers plus, for me, it turned out to be a great networking opportunity. I made a number of very promising connections and met with a number of potential business partners.”
Ken Garner, CEO, Dignio, UK

“The PROGRESSIVE project highlights the importance of standardisation being accessible and adapted to all age groups. As an NSB representative I am excited to strengthen our collaboration with innovation, research and user groups for the development of future standards.”
Martine Lovise Drevvatne, Standard Norge, Norway

“In my work as a project manager at the Swedish Standards Institute, I work with stakeholders in elderly care, accessibility regarding quality and the inclusive society. The final conference of PROGRESSIVE offered an impressive and interesting line-up of speakers on subjects very relevant for my work with standardisation committees; quality in elderly care as well as autonomous living for people with cognitive disabilities and accessibility. The deliverables of PROGRESSIVE, in particular the Ethical Framework and the Guide for Co-production, will be very useful in my committees.”
Alexandra Antoni, SIS, Sweden

“The PROGRESSIVE consortium did a fantastic job by not only leading this Horizon2020 project towards useful and durable results, but also by spinning up the community on the topic on how to support older people. This effort has led to the birth of the STAIR-AHA consortium and a final closing event of the PROGRESSIVE project itself where many speakers from Europe provided their insights and contributed as such to the greater plan initiated by PROGRESSIVE. Congratulations for making this happen!”
Patrick De Mazière, MSc Eng, PhD, Head of Digital Solutions, Research & Expertise, UC Leuven-Limburg & Co-chair Research Group, Businet, Belgium

“I found the PROGRESSIVE standards database to be a very useful and interesting resource. It provided me – in one easily accessible place – with a view on a range of standards and guidelines that are quite relevant for my organisation and activities. The final PROGRESSIVE event allowed me to make a number of good contacts and to hear about many European and national initiatives.”
Bart Degryse, Innovation Manager, White Yellow Cross, Belgium

“The PROGRESSIVE final conference and STAIR-AHA meeting provided a very useful overview of ongoing European initiatives related to AHA to a wide range of European stakeholders. It highlighted the fact that accessibility of products and services as well as inclusiveness, which are key aspects for the elderly, can be improved thanks to voluntary standardisation. This is completely in line with the recommendations made by the AFNOR strategic group on the Silver Economy in its report published in 2015. The next step would be to encourage input from users during the standardisation process in order to help making standards even more relevant.”
Aurélie Lolia, Development Manager Healthcare, AFNOR, France

“I was glad to note that some of my concerns about the lack of standards in the development of laptops/tablets and the negative impact this has on older adults and about the digitalisation of many day-to-day activities (such as banking), which I was able to express at a previous PROGRESSIVE workshop, have been taken on board by relevant EC departments. I have learned a lot from the work undertaken in PROGRESSIVE. In particular, the co-production guidelines are extremely useful. At this final PROGRESSIVE conference, the discussions on smart cities and communities made me think about my own city and country. A lot has been achieved over the past 10 to 15 years, but a lot still needs to be done. I can’t help but wonder to what extent our policy makers have been looking at existing examples before ordering changes. How much time has been lost in reinventing the wheel? How much are they involving the citizens? Could this be something that I can get closer involved in? I certainly plan to look into this as I feel very inspired now!”
Viviane von Döllen, Organisational Development, Stëftung Hëllef Doheem, Luxembourg

At the conclusion of the event, Dr. Malcolm Fisk, PROGRESSIVE Project Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Computing and Responsible Research, De Montfort University (UK) commented: “The world of standards will not, of course, change in a hurry. But the PROGRESSIVE project has been making waves and we already see that greater recognition is given to older people within the frame of standardisation activities and that standards will become more and more inclusive of older people.”

A full report of the meeting (including links to presentations) is also available.

Also read about the statement on “a new approach to standards (that support active and healthy ageing) to engage with users of all age groups” that was presented at the event. And also see project’s resources and tools that have been developed.

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