Intergenerational Programmes Evaluation

FOREWORDS

The book you are looking at has, above all else, two characteristics that make it unique. First, it is a pioneering publication: never before has a monographic work on the evaluation of intergenerational programmes been published in Spain. Second, this book constitutes proof that the efforts made by IMSERSO (Spanish National Institute for Older Persons and Social Services) in the area of specialised training do not end, to put it colloquially, on the last day of class.

This book would never have come into being if it had not been for the decision by IMSERSO to organise, in September of 2006, a course with the same title as the one this book now has. At the time, the course instructors prepared training materials especially for the occasion; now, several months later, the materials have been adapted and expanded, new reflections have been added, and they are being published with a view to reaching a larger audience. Interest in intergenerationality is most definitely on the rise. If we look behind us, in search of the explanations for this growing interest, in the distance we will see, as a fundamental milestone, the Second World Assembly on Ageing that took place in Spain in 2002. The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was adopted at the Assembly, included an Issue specifically devoted to intergenerational solidarity.

The first few words of each of the two paragraphs that comprise the issue highlight the importance of the subject:

“Parr. 42. Solidarity between generations at all levels –in families, communities and nations– is fundamental for the achievement of a society for all ages.”
“Parr. 43. At the family and community level, intergenerational ties can be valuable for everyone.”

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