ZentrAAL-OUTCOMES - Evaluation of the effects of new assistive technologies

Project Details



Commonly, it is expected that new technologies simplify life and contribute to a better quality of life. How do new assistive technologies have to be designed in order to meet the user’s needs? Which effects do particularly „Smart Home“ and „Smart Service“ components have on everyday behaviour and quality of life?

The WU Research Institute for Economics of Aging coordinates the work package „evaluation“ in the project „ZentrAAL“ during the course of which AAL technologies will be tested in the region of Salzburg over a period of 15 months.

In the course of the outcome-oriented evaluation, effects of the ZentrAAL technologies on life of the older people, their relatives and involved professional caregivers will be analysed. The focus of the outcome evaluation will be derived from the aims of the ZentrAAL-technologies and will lie on the following outcome dimensions: health related indicators (vital data and movement behaviour) and indicators on quality of life and their various domains.

Both qualitative as well as quantitative research methods will be used. The quantitative analysis tests if any positive changes in the outcome dimensions of interest can systematically be linked to the use of technology. The qualitative research approach is meant to generate a deeper understanding of the effects of new assistive technologies on the target group’s everyday life.

Financing body

Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/17

Collaborative partners

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (OEFOS)

  • 509005 Gerontology