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Intergenerational Shared Site Resource List

Generations United offers several resources to help develop and strengthen intergenerational shared sites.

Piecing It Together: What We Know About the Funding Puzzle for Spaces that Connect Young and Old (2019) aims to share what we currently know about funding and financing intergenerational shared sites, their potential cost-savings, and recommendations to guide our work and that of the field to pave the way to increase shared site development around the country.

The Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit (2019) is a collection of useful resources to help shared sites evaluate their programs developed by Dr. Shannon Jarrott of The Ohio State University for Generations United with support from The Eisner Foundation. The toolkit includes: the Intergenerational Practice Evaluation Tool designed to be easily, quickly, and reliably completed by program staff to assess intergenerational activities and support evidence-based practices, an 8-step guide on Planning an Intergenerational Evaluation designed to help practitioners get started in planning and conducting program evaluation, and Tools for Outcome Measurement, a curated list of reliable, valid measures that have been used to demonstrate the impact of intergenerational programs.

The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old (2019) is a report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation that digs deeper into many of the challenges shared sites face to shed more light on possible factors that may be inhibiting or not encouraging their creation. Based on interviews with staff and/or board members of intergenerational shared sites, real estate development organizations and national policy and program experts, the report identified four key phases in the development and operation of shared sites where pivotal factors, challenges, and strategies can be critical. This report explores these phases and shares lessons learned from intergenerational shared sites around the country.

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive (2018) is a report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation that includes the findings from an original public opinion poll, the results from a baseline survey of shared site programs, compelling site profiles, and policy recommendations for developing co-located programs for children, youth and older adults.

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs (2018) provides more detailed information on the findings of the 2108 survey of intergenerational shared site programs conducted by Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation. Study results were incorporated into the report All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive.

Tried and True: A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs (2009) developed in collaboration with the Neighbors Growing Together program at Virginia Tech, provides specific plans for intergenerational activities, tips on developing your intergenerational activities, evaluation templates and guidelines for facilitators.

Under One Roof: A Guide to Starting and Strengthening Intergenerational Shared Sites (2005) provides information to help in the development of shared sites including chapters on vision and assessment; funding and partners; facility design and building; staff development, training, and retention; marketing; curriculum development and intergenerational activities; and evaluation.

Intergenerational Shared Sites: Saving Dollars While Making Sense (2008) is a preliminary study of shared sites helps fill the void of information on their cost-savings with promising findings.

Intergenerational Shared Sites: Making the Case (2006) provides facts and figures to help make the case for intergenerational shared sites.

Intergenerational Shared Sites: Troubleshooting (2006) shares lessons learned and resources to help overcome some of the common challenges facing intergenerational shared sites.

Publication Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit
In an effort to collect more data on intergenerational shared sites and facilitate program evaluation, Generations United, with support from The Eisner Foundation, partnered with Dr. Shannon Jarrott of The Ohio State University to develop this toolkit.
Publication Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs
Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, created the following brief on the 2018 survey of intergenerational shared site programs. Study results were incorporated into the report All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive.
Publication Tried and True: A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs
This guide was developed at one type of intergenerational setting - a co-located adult day services program and child development center. Generations United is pleased to collaborate with the Neighbors Growing Together program at Virginia Tech to present this activities guide. These activities are targeted to young children and frail adults but many can be easily adapted or modified for use with other populations.
Publication Under One Roof: A Guide to Starting and Strengthening Intergenerational Shared Sites
This guide provides information to help in the development of intergenerational shared sites and act as a resource that integrates many disparate strands of information about intergenerational shared site programming.
Publication Intergenerational Shared Sites: Saving Dollars While Making Sense
This preliminary study of shared sites helps fill the void of information on their cost-savings with promising findings.
Resource Intergenerational Shared Sites: Making the Case
This brief provides the facts and figures to help you make the case for an intergenerational shared site program in your community.
Publication Intergenerational Shared Sites: Troubleshooting
This troubleshooting guide is designed to provide assistance on dealing with some of the common challenges facing intergenerational shared sites, recommendations to address these challenges, and when available, suggested resources for further information.