default Intergenerational approach handbook (A guide for planning, implementing and evaluating local initiatives in intergenerational learning)

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The Big Foot project aimed at tackling common challenges of the rural mountainous regions, including the lack of economic opportunities and out-migration of the younger population, by applying a participatory intergenerational learning approach. The project demonstrated the value of enabling and valuing the skills and knowledge of both the older and the younger generations in order to enable innovative, creative and productive solutions for local sustainable development.

Based on current intergenerational programmes, initiatives and practices the Intergenerational Approach Handbook has been developed as a facilitator guide for communities, organisations and individuals by providing a framework to plan how activities can be developed to address their particular interests and to be a gateway to a range of resources to support and inform this planning. The Handbook can be also used as a reference document for people already engaged in programmes by presenting procedures for assessing and evaluating those activities.

The Intergenerational Approach Handbook is set out as follows:

  • Following the introduction, Section 2 provides a short introduction to Intergenerational Learning;
  • Section 3 sets out the overall overview and purpose of the Intergenerational Approach Handbook;
  • Section 4provides a generic Process Model for Intergenerational Activities related to project management elements;
  • Section 5 contains a concrete Intergenerational Planning Model grounded in theory and practice, including operational templates for practical work;
  • Section 6 describes Do’s and Don’ts in Intergenerational Practice in order to give hands-on guidelines how to make Intergenerational Activities work;
  • Section 7 demonstrates procedures for assessing, evaluating and validating Intergenerational Activities using the Big Foot experiments, including templates for summarising the results of those experiments;
  • Annex I lists the used sources and suggests further readings;
  • Annex II contains a Screening Questionnaire for Intergenerational Experiments;
  • Annex III finally provides the templates for i) a Project Failure Prevention Analysis and ii) for an Issues Plan.