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Title: Where Do We Stand? Testing the Foundation of a Shared Site Intergenerational Program

Author (s):  Shannon Jarrott, Christina Gigliotti, Sara Smock

Abstract:  Shared site intergenerational care programs provide ongoing services simultaneously to old and young community members at a single facility, thereby, meeting the care needs of multiple generations. However, they face the challenge of sustainability common to all community-based programs.  Staff employed the results management model to identify program elements that may enhance or inhibit sustainability of intergenerational programming at a shared site facility involving a child development lab school and adult day services program.  The 4-step results management approach is a strengths-based model that supports community capacity and achievement of community and program goals.   The current paper describes the first step in the results management approach, mapping the terrain, which involves gathering evidence of community needs and strengths. Focus groups were conducted with eleven staff members from both programs after a 4-month intergenerational program.  The focus groups targeted the needs and strengths related to intergenerational programming.  Respondents identified strengths that enhanced staff members’ and clients’ capacity for collaboration.  These included affective and developmental benefits for both generations and strong partnerships between staff members.  Respondents also identified factors that limited collaboration, such as the need for greater authority support and cross-training opportunities. Findings from our study have been used by program administrators to continue using the results management approach to further build intergenerational community and expand the scope of evaluating intergenerational shared site programs.  Other intergenerational programs may utilize the results management model to enhance intergenerational programming and increase program sustainability.

Category: Programming

Keywords: Intergenerational programming, shared site, day care, community, results management, child care, adult day care

Reference: Jarrott, S. E., Gigliotti, C. M. and Smock, S. A. (2006). Where Do We Stand? Testing the Foundation of a Shared Site Intergenerational Program. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 4(2): 73-92.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

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