The MI-Tale project is executed in a multidisciplinary and international team. This approach will improve the applicability of the results in several countries and domains. The partners in the project are:
- National Foundation for the Elderly, Netherlands
(representative of end-user)
Stichting Nationaal Ouderenfonds/National Foundation for the Elderly (NFE), is a charity that promotes quality of life for older persons in the Netherlands. The NFE has built up many experience in European projects with the main objective to promote elderly wellbeing through technology. The NFE uses its large network of welfare organizations to disseminate and leverage results of research projects into society and will involve Samenwerkende Zorgboeren Zuid (SZZ) in the consortium through a small subcontract. This is a collaborative organization of around 100 day care centers in the south of the Netherlands.
- LIFEtool, Austria
(representative of end-user, expert in co-design)
LIFEtool is a non-profit research organisation founded by the Diakonie Austria and the Austrian Institute of Technology. The corporate purpose of LIFEtool is research & development and counselling in the field of assistive technologies, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), learning and training software for children, adolescents, adults and older people with physical and/or mental disabilities. According to its competences LIFEtool will help to improve the user experience in MI-Tale, ensuring the usability of the game and added services.
- Eerste Verdieping Internet Communities, Netherlands
Eerste Verdieping (EVIC) has the mission to provide optimum usable and accessible Internet environments for people and organizations, in which they fulfil their potential to collaborate and organize for their community. In their project approach, the process of co-creation with end-users plays an important role. EVIC will among other focus on the technical development of the serious game with a special focus on ´group´ dynamics between the players and the possibility to add both community tools (to share experiences) and management tools (to have insight to the patterns of behaviour of players).
- ENPP-Böhm Institut, Austria
(representative Böhm methodology)
The European Network for Psychobiographical Care Research (ENPP) is a collective of European is a collective of European researchers and practitioners with shared interests in the science and practice of positive psychology. ENNP monitors and improves the activating treatment model for dementia developed by the Austrian Professor Erwin Böhm. ENNP will contribute to the project with knowledge and experience concerning the methodical principles of dementia care that are relevant for the development of the device. ENPP is very much interested in this project, while the need for a device to collect personal life stories is high.
- Zorg Giersbergen Consultancy, Netherlands
(Böhm methodology in practice)
Zorg Giersbergen Consultancy (ZGC) is a Dutch organization (SME), founded in 2015 for the Netherlands because of the increasing demand for training and -consultancy in psychobiographic dementia care in the Netherlands. CZG provides consultancy for local authorities, day-activity centers and nursing homes and already has a substantial portfolio. They are currently involved in two pilot projects in communities where multidisciplinary professionals cooperate on supporting independent living with dementia at home. Just as ENPP, they are very much interested in this project, while they also feel the need for a device to collect personal life stories.
- MK Prosopsis, Cyprus
MK Prosopsis (MKP) is the first Assistive Technology Company in Cyprus, which supplies the Cyprus market with the very best educational technology products for people with disabilities and special educational needs of all ages. Focused on end-user needs, MKP's activities are based on human rights and equal opportunities for quality of life for all, and hence they include services (assessments, training, technical and educational support) and provision of products in the wider spectrum of Assistive Technology. MKP is involved in research and development as well as in the market of other areas relevant to this proposal, like consultancy and project management services for new technologies.
In order to provide a solid foundation regarding user's perspective and requirements iterative user-centric methods are used for research and development. This means that people with dementia, and their professional and informal care environment are involved at any time of the development. This ensures that the results meet the specific needs of the target groups, which include both people with dementia, their caregivers and their social network.