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Building an evidence base for active ageing policies:
Active Ageing Index and its potential


Brussels, 16–17 April 2015

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)  and the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) organised an International Seminar “Building an evidence base for active ageing policies: Active Ageing Index and its potential”. The seminar brought together 150 participants including researchers, policymakers and civil society representatives from all around the world. This allowed for rich and active discussions throughout the event. The programme of the seminar is available here

The seminar started off with the presentation by Francesca Colombo, OECD, highlighting inequalities in ageing experiences both within the current generation and in comparison to future generations. Milorad Kovacevic, UNDP, continued the session explaining the value and advantages of composite measures for policymaking based on the long history of use of the Human Development Index. Asghar Zaidi, Southampton University, presented the overview of the trends in the AAI results over a period 2008–2012. An analytical report on the latest AAI results and the trends is available from here.

The seminar was structured around five principal topics — use of AAI for policymaking; subnational adaptation of AAI; comparative analysis of AAI results; methodological aspects of AAI; use of AAI in the non-EU countries and regions. On each topic a workshop was held, where the authors of papers, submitted under a call for papers launched in June 2014 and selected by an Evaluation board, had an opportunity to present and discuss their findings. Presentations given at the seminar are available from this wiki page.

Fourteen posters were presented during a poster session on 16 April covering all the five above-mentioned topics and going beyond.


For some pictures from the seminar click here.


Posters presented at the seminar

Lead authorTitlePDF
Djurovic, IvanaA two-step multivariate I-distance approach for evaluation of Active Ageing Indexpdf
Petrová Kafková, MarcelaThe Active Ageing Index and Its Relation to the Quality of Life of Older Adultspdf
Lepori, MélanieStrengthening the AAI multidimensional approach: an assessment proposalpdf
Cláudia Teixeira Gomes(Re)Building the concept of active aging by lifelong learning experiences: mapping the role of the university social responsibility in AAI disseminationpdf
Tapio, TarjaChallenges for further implementations of AAI in rural communities, in the northernmost Europepdf
Wöhrmann, Anne Marit*Complementing AAI on the Organizational Level: An Organizational Index for Work in Retirement Age (Silver Work Index)pdf
Badurashvili, IrinaLiving together with own adult children: does it contribute to the active ageing of Georgian elderly people?pdf
Berde, ÉvaComparing the employment domain of the AAI index in Germany and Hungary, and identifying possible explanatory factors within retirement rules and policypdf
Genova, Angela**Enforcing the Active Ageing Index in Italian regions: methodological challenges and comparative results from the ‘Active Ageing Going Local’ project.bmp
Barrio, E.Measuring the AAI in the Basque Country (Spain)pdf
Fanta, JavieraQuality of Life of the Elderly and Analysis of the Applicability of Active Aging Index to Latin American Countriesbmp
Frolova, Elena A.***Active Aging Index: Russian Studypdf
Spyropoulos, BasileGermany and Austria vs. Greece and Cyprus: Comparing the “North” with the “South” in a Case-Study concerning Active Ageingpdf
Ozdemir, BurcuHealth Literacy as a Potential Indicator for the Active Ageing Index: a Conceptual Analysispdf

* Presented by Jürgen Deller

** Presented by Robert Anderson — a poster session convener

*** Presented by Veronika Malanina


Presentations given at the seminar


Francesca Colombo, OECD

"Ageing Unequally"
Milorad Kovacevic, Human Development Report Office, UNDP"Added value of composite indicators for policymakers"
Asghar Zaidi, University of Southampton"Trends in Active Ageing Index"
Lucie Vidovićová, Masaryk University, Brno “The expected, perceived, and valued social roles of older people: a secondary analysis of European surveys”
Marvin Formosa, University of Malta “Responding to AAI: innovations in active ageing policies in Malta”
Moritz Hess, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University Mannheim “Population Ageing, the Intergenerational Conflict, and Active Ageing Policies – a multilevel study of 27 European countries”
Pearl Dykstra, Erasmus University Rotterdam “Are societies with a high value on AAI more age integrated?”
Vicente Rodríguez, Spanish National Research Council “Active Ageing Index: application to Spanish geographical scales”
Amaia Bacigalupe, University of the Basque Country“Active Aging Index in a southern European region (Biscay): main results and potentials for policymaking”
Luciana Quattrociocchi, Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) “Greying Italy across time, space and gender”
Willeke van Staalduinen, Dutch Centre for Health Assets “Evaluating socio-economic impact of Age-Friendly Environments”
Kasia Karpinska, Erasmus University Rotterdam “Differences in AAI in Eastern European countries. A comparison of Poland and the Czech Republic”
Eralba Cela, Università Politecnica delle Marche“Ageing in a multicultural Europe: perspectives and challenges”
Andrzej Klimczuk, Warsaw School of Economics“Comparative Analysis of National and Regional Silver Economy Models in European Union”
Christian Ernst Heinrich Boehler, European Commission, Joint Research Centre,
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
“Estimating weights for AAI from stated preferences: proposal for a Discrete Choice Experiment”
Javier Olivera, University of Luxembourg “Well-being differences in old-age in Europe: the Active Ageing Index by cohorts”
Bruno Arpino, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona “Active Ageing Typologies: A Latent Class Analysis of the Older Europeans”
Sara Valente de Almeida, Centre for European Policy Research (CEPS)/
NOVA Health Care Initiative 
“How relevant is Active Ageing? Evidence from Portugal”
Sara Marsillas, University of Santiago de Compostela“Study on active ageing at individual level based on AAI”
Qian Xiong, Texas A&M University“Active Ageing and Policy Implications in China”
Elena Golubeva, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk “Arctic region and main domains of AAI in Russia: from global to regional perspective”
Maria Varlamova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow “AAI as an Evidence Base for Developing a Comprehensive Active Ageing Policy in Russia”
Suchandrima Chakraborty, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai “Active Ageing Index in India - Is the UNECE approach applicable to Developing Countries?”




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