Issue: In 2012, the Flemish Minister of Innovation launched the ‘Care Living Labs Flanders’ (CLLF) to enhance innovations that tackle a wide range of challenges in elderly care.
Description of the problem: The program uses a layered approach, differentiating “platforms” and “projects”. Platforms are the core of the program and are supported by three organisms: sounding board committee, Program Office and Scientific Consortium. Platforms are aimed to be developed as sustainable structures on which innovation-‘projects’ can be tested in a ‘real life environment’. This contribution describes the implementation challenges of the platforms.
Results: The program consists of six platforms which host 23 projects. Every platform is governed by a mix of partners (public and private organizations, individual professionals). The “scope” of the platforms differs: some platforms aim at technological and person oriented activities to support elderly, while other platforms focus more on social community based approaches aiming at integration and participation of elderly persons.
Lesson: Translating the “program logic” of the government initiative in operational terms is an implementation process with many unanticipated hurdles. Many efforts are needed by all stakeholders to develop a clear vision and working practices on the role and operationalization of a platform. The implementation process will need the time to let platforms “mature”. Coaching and support by the external boards can support this process, but mutual expectations on the role of these bodies and development of trust requires the necessary interaction time.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 May 2016
EventVUB PhD Research Day 2016 - VUB, Etterbeek, Belgium
Duration: 27 May 201627 May 2016


ConferenceVUB PhD Research Day 2016
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