Seventh EEPE event of the Interreg Europe project ITHACA

Between November 27th and 29th, the seventh of nine Exchange of Experience and Peer Evaluation (EEPE) events took place in French cities of Limoges and Bordeaux (region Nouvelle-Aquitaine). EEPE was attended by assoc. prof. Vesna Dolničar, PhD, from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), and two representatives of the stakeholders – Anita Jacović from Long-term Care Directorate at Ministry of Health and Dominika Oroszy from University Medical Centre Ljubljana.

In the evening of November 27th, the general framework of region’s health and silver economy was presented (in Limoges). During the second day’s presentations, delegates got acquainted with regional support for the innovations and examples of innovative projects and solutions. On the last day, November 29th, EEPE was held in Bordeaux. Delegates visited SANPSY Laboratory of the Pellegrin Hospital and got more information on ecosystems. At the end of the day, the Peer Evaluation session was held.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine left an impression of a strong culture of cooperation and agreement from the national to the municipal level on the urgency to transform and inform the opportunities and conditions for its elderly citizens. Some of key points on the event, highlighted by the visiting delegates are:

  • 10 percent of the region's budget is allocated to innovation initiatives, of which one fifth goes to social innovation.
  • There is a comprehensive policy framework supporting, among others, economic, social and health development and innovation.
  • There is a strong focus on the silver economy and healthy ageing at all governmental levels.
  • Nice crossovers between sectors were demonstrated to the delegates such as the Post Organisations (La Poste) undertaking social innovation and the project "Carers' Rally for Home Workers" addressing labour market issues related to health care.
  • The region has a very well developed ecosystem with a broad participation of many different types of committed stakeholders such as government, academia and industry.
  • Ecosystem encompasses a remarkable number of support organisations like the innovation agency ADI, living labs - including Autonom'lab and Calyxis, technology centres and parks, business incubators etc. that bring stakeholders together and assist them in various functions.
  • Given the recent merger of the three regions into one, it would appear, however, that there is scope for developing a clearer division of labour and specialisation among these with the benefit of creating more value across the different fields and needs for innovation. Some would seem best suited to follow customer centric approaches, while others could cater to the needs of the larger businesses. It could be a point of attention to create a common understanding and languages between the different systems in order to break down silos of institutional interests.
  • Getting inspiration from innovations and learning developed in other regions and European countries was suggested as a means to maximise effectiveness of innovation initiatives.
  • A number of innovation projects were presented to the delegates, especially related to social innovation related to the silver economy.
  • The region has shown a willingness to share knowledge and experience from these projects, both internally within the region and outside.
  • The delegates observed that there did not seem to be much evidence of completion of the innovation cycle for many innovation initiatives - and thus limited scaling-up, i.e. challenges in getting the solutions to the market and acquired by potential users. It was unclear how this would be accomplished in the future and consequently what would be the impact of the innovative solutions eventually.
  • Notwithstanding this, a potential for more involvement of the citizens seemed to exist, not so much in the form of people to be helped - but rather that these become agents of change in the co-creation process.

Source – official project website: More information about the project is available on project’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@ITHACA_health).

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