Memory research 2015

Background
Name of your initiative: 
Memory research 2015
Short name (acronym): 
Memory research 2015
Website title and address: 
www.muistiliitto.fi
Which organization is submitting this initiative?: 
The Alzheimer Society of Finland
Please specify in which regions/provinces: 
SUOMI / FINLAND
City: 
Helsinki
Where is this organization located?: 
Finland
Please enter the name of the contact person for this initiative: 
Olli Lehtonen
Please enter the email of the contact for this initiative: 
olli.lehtonen@muistiliitto.fi
Part of larger strategy or programme: 
National
If you answered "other", please specify: 
Please provide us with more details of this programme or strategy: 
Memory research was executed in co-operation with The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), a research and development institute under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The status of the initiative: 
Completed
Please give a summary of your initiative (in English): 
The Finns are one of the fastest eldering nations in the world. As the population ages, the number of people suffering from memory diseases increases. Progressive memory diseases pose a special challenge for public health, welfare and national economy. Since the end of nineties The Alzheimer Society of Finland has researched every fifth year how services for people living with memory diseases have been organized and what is their quality in towns and other municipalities in Finland. This year (2015) Memory research was executed in co-operation with The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), a research and development institute under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Research is included in the implementation plan of The National Memory Programme 2012–2020. Research questions were addressed in May to leading social and health authorities of all municipalities by an internet survey and answers were processed and compared with the answers of researches 2005 and 2010. The Memory Research 2015 will be published in November. Topics of the research are for example: memory diseases in health and social policy, availability and quality of the first phase services, expertise of the personnel as well as coordination, availability and quality of the care and services. An important topic is also the co-operation between municipalities and third sector organizations like memory associations. Because the questions have been the same in 2005, 2010 and 2015 researches, it is also possible to evaluate the direction of development. Ten major improvement objects will be raised from the research findings. Special attention will be paid to services that support independent living at home. Results of the research will be utilized by municipalities to develop the care and service given to people living with memory diseases and to their carers. Local Memory associations and Memory pilots can use the results in their work for memory-friendly society.
The geographical scope: 
National
Type of initiative: 
Public-private-partnership
Environment or setting of the initiative: 
The economic environment or setting of the initiative: 
Rich
The most important source of funding for your initiative: 
Other
If other, please specify your source of funding: 
What triggered this initiative?: 
Since the end of nineties The Alzheimer Society of Finland has researched every fifth year how services for people living with memory diseases have been organized and what is their quality in towns and other municipalities in Finland.
Objectives
What are the main objectives of your initiative? Choose a maximum of 3 objectives.: 
Community support and health services: increase in client-oriented and -centered made to measure health and social care and services
Please describe any subgoals of your initiative: 
Target group
Does your initiative target people with a specific impairment or disease?: 
How many people have you reached or do you expect to reach with your initiative?: 
250 - 1000
Does your initiative target a specific age group?: 
Does your initiative target men or women?: 
Irrelevant
Approach
Please indicate what best describes your initiative: 
ResearchFundamental
What type of intervention strategy is used in your initiative?: 
Please indicate the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your initiative: 
Who executes the initiative: 
Research/educational setting
What is the relevant physical scale of your initiative?: 
National level
Please indicate how you think your initiative could be scaled up (made to reach more people): 
Topics of the research are for example: memory diseases in health and social policy, availability and quality of the first phase services, expertise of the personnel as well as coordination, availability and quality of the care and services. An important topic is also the co-operation between municipalities and third sector organizations like memory associations.
Please indicate the type of stakeholders concerned with your initiative.: 
Non-governmental organisationProvider of informal care
Please describe how you think your initiative could be transferred to other regions or contexts: 
Memory associations and Memory pilots can use the results in their work for memory-friendly society.
Is your initiative economically sustainable and does it contribute to economic development?: 
If you selected "other" neighbourhood, please specify:: 
Impact & outcome
Will you collect or have you collected outcome data for this initiative?: 
Yes
What do you consider the key success factors of your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the key success factors to be: 
Because the questions have been the same in 2005, 2010 and 2015 researches, it is also possible to evaluate the direction of development. Ten major improvement objects will be raised from the research findings. Special attention will be paid to services that support independent living at home.
What do you consider the main barriers to overcome in your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the main barriers to be.: 
Not all social and health authorities responded to the survey.
What instruments will you use/have used to collect data?: 
If you selected "other" instrument to collect data, please specify: 
If yes, how will you/have you collected those data?: 
Mixed-methods
Will you collect or have collected socio-economic impact data for this initiative?: 
Yes
Will or are the collected data in the initiative publicly available?: 
Yes