The topic of dementia is increasingly moving into the focus of the general public hence more and more people are directly or indirectly affected by the disease. Considering the decreasing resources on one hand and the time-consuming care of people with dementia on the other hand, an optimisation of the networking of informal as well as professional help is coming into focus. Significant impulses for innovation are expected through a creative linking of such assistance and by promoting cooperation between professionals, relatives and laypersons.
Against this background, the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) have been specifically promoting the formation of network structures to improve the participation and care of people with dementia for several years. This also includes the federal programme "Local Alliances for People with Dementia". The evaluation of such project funding is of particular importance for securing results and thus verifying effectiveness.
The iso-Institut was commissioned to evaluate the federal programme "Local Alliances for People with Dementia". The overarching goal is to develop comprehensive findings on the work of the Local Alliances and to obtain a differentiated overview of the great diversity and the different implementation variants of networking in Germany. Based on this, conditions for successful networking as well as good practice approaches will be identified and thus development potentials for the strategic further development of Local Alliances will be worked out.
In addition, the socio-spatial distribution of dementia networks in Germany will be determined during the project period in order to obtain an overview of the regions that still lack structures to support people with dementia and their relatives. In addition, the iso-Institut will support the BMFSFJ in the implementation of the federal programme.