Dr. Urban Boljka from the Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia talks about the evaluation of the main project outcomes.

What is your role in the CoNSENSo project?

The Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia has been assigned the role of the evaluator. Throughout the pilot implementation of the CoNSENSo model we have been meticulously gathering data trying to evaluate the impact of the CoNSENSO model on the quality of life of our target population – elderly in remote Alpine regions of Europe.

What main outcomes have come out of the project pilot’s data analysis?

The elderly have benefited from the intervention in many different ways. The interventions of the family and community nurses have been tailored to the needs of each and every CoNSENSo elder. The major objective of the project has been to enable elderly to live at home independently as long as possible, and data prove this to be the case. The target group that benefited the most are the elderly who have been the most vulnerable, even before entering the project, in terms of their health and social circumstances.   

In your opinion, how has the project achieved its objective of creating a new trans-national social model in the Alpine Space for elderly care?

Regional introduction of a common ideal-type trans-national model of health and social intervention for elderly is not an easy task. One could even argue that the project has not been successful in this regard. Evaluation results namely show that each region has adopted the proposed common model but also that they have adapted it to better fit their own national and regional needs in this field, professional competences, existent policy environment but most importantly also to the needs of the elderly nurses were dealing with. These unintended consequences have further enriched the project.