Technologies for elderly people at home,
what methods of co-design and evaluation, and with what outcomes?
(Provisional title, to be released in 2017)

Using practical examples and drawing on input from both national and international experts , the purpose of this work is to present the challenges and outcomes of co-designing and evaluating technologies for elderly people at home. Its aim is to provide benchmarks and clear, meaningful and formative examples with respect to the methods and outcomes of evaluating usage of technologies, in looking toward the development of Living Labs and Test Beds in France and Europe-wide. The work shall answer the following three key questions:

  • When evaluating or co-designing a technology for elderly people at home, what are the options and what steps are unavoidable?
  • What, in real and practical terms, are the contributions made by the various evaluation and co-design approaches, what added values do they bring, and what are their limits?
  • What areas of concern or ethical issues are raised by these technologies?

Further informations

La fragilité des personnes âgées (2013)

La fragilité des personnes âgéesA reference book on frailty coordinated by MADoPA

This compilation, produced with financial support from the CNAV (France’s National Pension Fund) for the translation of texts originally in English, is the result of a collective effort. It follows on from a cycle of three international seminars organised by MADoPA between November 2010 and June 2011 with the support and skills of its member institutions – including the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), the Mutualité de l’Aube and the Fédération Nationale de la Mutualité Française – and of Professor François Béland, from the University of Montréal, who consequently has become vice-chair of MADoPA’s scientific committee. Harnessing the benefits of the seminars, the volume also draws on the ANR Vulage (Vulnerability in Old Age) project coordinated by Muriel Rebourg from the University of Western Brittany, and the review of literature on notions of frailty and vulnerability carried out in 2009-2010 by Hervé Michel, currently Director of MADoPA.

To access the table of contents and introduction
to the Reference Volume, please click on the following link.

Work to produce a reference volume on the methods used to evaluate technology-based solutions and their results is ongoing.