Assessment of NOVEL Approaches to Alignment Case Study No.5– Alignment of national AAL Programmes – Practical Implementation from the Austrian Perspective

Assessment of NOVEL Approaches to Alignment Case Study No.5– Alignment of national AAL Programmes – Practical Implementation from the Austrian Perspective

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Framework project: Strengthening partnership programmes in Europe
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Website link: https://www.era-learn.eu/documents/eralearn2020_t43_casestudyno5_alignmentofnationalaalprogrammes_final.pdf
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The focus of this case study is on the practical implementation of alignment of national AAL programmes from an
Austrian perspective. AAL can by understood as a synonym for ICT-supported technologies for older adults to
increase their quality of life. Since 2008, there exists a transnational Article 185 Initiative dedicated to AAL. In
order to participate in Article 185 Initiatives a dedicated national programme is mandatory. Austria is founding
member of the transnational AAL Programme. As a necessary pre-condition Austria has established a national
programme BENEFIT dedicated to AAL in 2007.
Austria commits about 5.0 Mio EUR annually for research and development activities to both AAL programmes.
About 50% of the budget are dedicated to the transnational AAL Programme and another 50% are dedicated to the
national AAL programme BENEFIT. In practical terms, Austria follows two aspects of alignment:
(1) ‘Taking joint actions’ aspect: Within the transnational AAL Programme, Austria aligns its activities at
strategic, operational and financial level with other countries in Europe, meaning all countries follow jointly
agreed research priorities and funding procedures.
(2) ‘Building complementarities and synergies’ aspect: Within the national programme BENEFIT, Austria aligns its activities by building complementarities to the transnational AAL Programme and looks for synergies. The case study will reveal how Austria in practical terms aligns its national programme on transnational level considering the two aspects. Thereby different alignment levels are focussed on: strategic coordination, operational call management, financial coordination, coordination in the development of new instruments, communication and dissemination activities.
The case shows the following strengths of programme alignment from the Austrian perspective:
-Create synergies between the national and transnational AAL Programme and projects
-Test new instruments where added value is highest (at national or transnational level)
-Community service of the transnational AAL Programme are open to the national and European Community
– Transnational alignment allows for easy coordination with other AAL related initiatives and networks
However, the case also reveals limitations of programme alignment from the Austrian perspective:
– Trade-Off between progressive coordinated development of transnational programmes and support by as
many countries as possible
-National coordination between ministries with competences in research, innovation, economy, health and
social affairs would benefit the demand side of AAL solutions
-Ex-Post evaluation and Impact Assessment needs priorisation
This case addresses the following reader groups:
– Coordinators of P2P to assess the potential of aligning national programmes taking into account the two
different aspects: taking joint actions and building complementarities
– Managers and Coordinators of national RTDI programmes in RTDI ministries and funding organisations
to learn how to practically align national programmes on transnational level
-Policy makers at European Commission to learn about how to support the practical alignment of national
RTDI programmes in the future The case study builds on the ERA-LEARN 2020 “Definition and Typology of Alignment”, and relies on a review ofexisting literature and targeted interviews. The case is part of a series investigating NOVEL approaches towards
alignment.


Countries/regions described/represented: Austria
Year: 2016