An evaluation tool for Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities.
Mattocks, Calum Gallagher
Working with older people (Brighton, England)
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Buckner, S., Mattocks, C. G., Rimmer, M., & Lafortune, L. (2018). An evaluation tool for Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities.. Working with older people (Brighton, England), 22 (1), 48-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-11-2017-0032
Purpose: This article reports how an evaluation tool originally developed for Age-Friendly Cities was pilot-tested in the context of the Dementia Friendly Community initiative of the city of Sheffield/UK. It presents finding and outputs on which other communities with dementia friendly agendas can draw. Design/methodology/approach: The original evaluation tool was adapted to a focus on dementia friendliness. Data collection involved scoping conversations, documentary analysis, interviews and group discussions. Following evidence appraisal, Sheffield’s approach to dementia friendliness was assessed. A local steering group was central to the study. Findings: The evidence indicates areas of strength in Sheffield’s approach to dementia friendliness: involvement of older people; service provision; collaboration; monitoring and evaluation. Scope for improvement was identified around resource allocation, and use of existing guidance on dementia friendliness. Recommendations for policy and practice include enhancing pooling of resources, more detailed recording of resources allocated to dementia-related activity, and collection of evidence on how people affected by dementia have shaped the city’s Dementia Friendly Community initiative. Key research outputs are an adaptable logic model and an emerging evaluation framework for Dementia Friendly Communities. Research limitations/implications: The study was a short pilot with limited resources. Its findings and outputs must be considered preliminary. Originality/value: The findings and outputs provide a basis for further research. The study has suggested key components of an evaluation framework for Dementia Friendly Communities. It is informing ongoing work to develop such a framework. Keywords: Age-Friendly Cities; Dementia Friendly Communities; evaluation tool; ageing; urbanisation; complex interventions Type: Research paper
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR) in the UK as part of the Ageing Well Programme, 2012-2017.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-11-2017-0032
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/273870
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