The purpose of this online consultation process for VALUE AGEING Work Package 7: Governance Issues and Policy Options is to collect valuable and diverse feedback from various groups of stakeholders relevant to the ICT for ageing sector on issues related to different policy options and governance models.

This consultation is based on the contents of the Consultation Document “Incorporating ethical considerations in EU policy on ICT for Ageing”. Please read the document before starting the questionnaire.

The survey participants are asked to answer a series of brief questions, which are divided into two parts: Part A related to the attached document and Part B specific to different stakeholder groups. Once you choose the stakeholder group you belong to, you will be redirected to the Part B of the questionnaire relevant to your group.

The results of the consultation will be used to make recommendations about the best strategies for the incorporation of ethical considerations and EU fundamental values into policies on ICT and Ageing. Your responses will be processed in an anonymous way. All personally identifiable information and your individual responses that you provide will be treated confidentially; your private information will never be disclosed.

However, if you wish, you can elect to be kept informed about VALUE AGEING and future activities, seminars and dissemination events, through the contact details you provide via the online consultation form.

We appreciate your important participation to this process, as we know your time is precious.  Thank you for your efforts and thoughtful contribution.


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Your background information is valuable to better understand the origin of this useful feedback. Your personally identifiable information will remain confidential and undisclosed to third parties. Your response data is private and will not be linked to your name/personal info.
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 Large industry stakeholders Small and medium enterprises EU policy makers Regional and local authorities Other stakeholders (including carers, users and senior groups, third sector organisations, academia etc.) Please specify below: (please specify other informations here)
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PART A

This part of the questionnaire relates to the contents of the Consultation document “Incorporating ethical considerations in EU policy on ICT for Ageing”. Please read the document before answering the questions in PART A.

Download Consultation document.

A1. Stakeholder motivations
Q1. What are the main reasons for your organisation’s interest in the area of ICT and ageing? Please choose all that apply and rate them from most to least important (starting with 1 as most important, 9 as least important).
 
Ageing is an important driver affecting our activities.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
The remit of our organisation is to deal with issues associated with ageing, including application of ICT for ageing.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
The area of ICT and ageing presents opportunities for funding of projects and research activities.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
Addressing ageing issues is part of our strategy/policy.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
Ageing well is an important concern for our clients.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
Involvement in ICT and ageing brings about commercial opportunities.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
We have an interest in influencing national and EU policy in area of ageing and ICT.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
There are long term benefits arising from activities promoting ageing well, both for our organisation and our clients.
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 least important
Other (please give details):
 
Q2. How important is the area of ICT and ageing, including ethical considerations, to your organisation in comparison to other activities? Please choose one option.
 1 - Very important 2 - Important 3 - Somewhat important 4 - Not at all important
 
Q3. Please describe the role of your organisation in addressing the ethical concerns of ICT and ageing, if any.
 
A2. Main challenges related to the incorporation of ethical issues into governance process
Q4. From your organisation perspective, which of the following challenges are most important in addressing ethical issues in the governance processes? Please rate the issues by level of importance, on a scale ranging from 1 (most important) to 8 (least important).
 
Technological uncertainty: dealing with unfolding technological trajectories
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Social uncertainty: dealing with changing social roles
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Human in networked society: normative challenges related to what it means to be human in a networked society
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Meaning of being old: normative challenges related to a changing meaning of what it means to be old
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Regulatory processes: capacity of regulatory processes to address ethical considerations in the context of a fast-paced technological change
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Role of experts: limited role of experts in shaping policy responses in regard to incorporation of ethical issues
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Social desirability: insufficient levels of participation of a wide range of stakeholders in shaping policy responses in regard to incorporation of ethical issues
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Ethical acceptability: limited role of ethical considerations in the innovation processes
most important  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 least important
 
Q5. In your opinion, are there any challenges missing from the list in Q4?
 No Yes (please give details)
 
Q6. Do you play a role in addressing in any of these challenges?
 No Yes (please indicate which one (list of challenges from Q4 to choose from) and what is your role)
 

A3. Ageing Well

Q7. What should be, according to you, the main objectives of ageing well? Do you think this is compatible with the current dominant values in society?
 
Q8: Is the AGEING WELL concept a relevant device for policies on ICT and ageing?
 

A4. Macro and micro policy maps

Q9. The attached consultation document includes policy maps. Please review them and evaluate these maps in regard to the following criteria.
  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
MACRO POLICY MAP  
It is insightful  1 2 3 4 5
All relevant actors are represented  1 2 3 4 5
The map is easily readable  1 2 3 4 5
The connections between actors and networks reflect the actual situations/are correct  1 2 3 4 5
MICRO POLICY MAP  
It is insightful  1 2 3 4 5
All relevant actors are represented  1 2 3 4 5
The map is easily readable  1 2 3 4 5
The connections between actors and networks reflect the actual situations/are correct  1 2 3 4 5
 
Q10: Do you have any additional comments in regard to the macro and micro policy maps? Please consider how these maps could be improved.
 
Q11: Are there any key relevant stakeholder groups missing from either map? If yes, what group(s) and where should they be positioned in the policy field?
 

A5. Policy recommendations

Q12. The Value Ageing project developed a number of recommendations for addressing the challenges related to incorporation of ethical concerns into policy making (see pp. 7-9 of the consultation document). For each of the following recommendations please indicate its importance to your organisation and willingness to contribute/become involved in its potential implementation. Please rate the importance and willingness on scale from 1 (very important, will commit resources to implementation) to 5 (not important, not willing to contribute/become involved).
R1: The ethical aspects of ICT developments for ageing should be raised on the agenda of decision makers.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R2: Legal measures should be developed to protect against misuses and abuses, anticipate, where possible, potential risks and allow for the compensation of ‘wrongs’ that arise from ICT for ageing.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R3: The deployment of ICT for Ageing for the effective protection of fundamental values should be guided by the principles of necessity and proportionality, taking into account the specificities of different contexts in which older persons live.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R4: Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles should be encouraged, as a means to allow ethical considerations and ethically grounded demands to influence the direction of technological change.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R5: An independent ICT ethics observatory should be enabled to address the multifaceted challenges and appropriate levels of engagement of ethics in the context of long range technological and societal change, as a platform nurturing active links between ethical expertise, innovation practice, and citizen involvement across the diversity of Europe’s cultures.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R6: ICT R&D professionals should be provided the means to address new ethical issues, such as those related to ageing, in their practice.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R7: While addressing ethical issues is ultimately a result of self-standing and contained argumentation, tools and methodologies that allow practitioners to identify ethical issues – current and prospective – should be collected and made widely available.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R8: Addressing the ethical issues related to ICT for ageing from a European perspective can benefit from a collaborative search for appropriate governance approaches and structures.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R9: Greater participative involvement should seek enhanced interaction between ethical and societal acceptability of innovation in ICT for ageing, encouraging civil society and its representations, industry, NGOs and other stakeholders to exchange ideas, experience, and express their views.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
R10: If such a participatory arrangement is to be perceived as legitimate, it is essential that the selection of voices, and associated normativities to be represented is subject to clearly defined processes.
Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):

R11: To realise that ethical issues are context-dependent and need specific attention of individuals with local knowledge and understanding.

Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):

R12: It is important to develop societally granted understandings of what is good ethical practice in ICT for ageing, and how it could be translated into business models.

Importance to your organisation  1 2 3 4 5
Willingness to contribute/become involved in its implementation  1 2 3 4 5
Please provide your personal views (agreement, interpretation, examples, room for improvement, etc.):
 

PART B

This section aims to provide us with a better understanding of your role, motivations and level of influence in regard to ICT and ageing and associated ethical considerations. Although this section of the questionnaire is not directly related to the consultation document, please feel free to refer to it if you see it appropriate.
Q13. In what ways do you or your office influence the area of ICT and ageing? Please choose all that apply
 Actively involved in the development of policy and governance strategy in IT Actively involved in the development of policy and governance strategy in social issues (e.g., inclusion, education, employment) Actively involved in the development of policy and governance strategy in health care Actively involved in the development of policy and governance strategy in fundamental rights issues such as privacy and data protection Actively involved in the development of policy and governance strategy in funding or co-funding projects Actively involved in advocating on old age related issues (e.g., through participation in activities/events such as conferences, stakeholder meetings, etc.) Other (please give details below)
Q14. Please give details of any policy actions and/or forums, both at institutional and informal/grassroots level, you or your office are involved with or aware of in the area of ICT and ageing?
Q15. What influences you or your office/party/committee/department's attitude and activities in the area of ICT and ageing? Please choose all that apply.
 European policy National policy reports Collaboration with other stakeholders Collaboration with experts Collaboration with organisations representing older people/users of ICT for ageing Large industry Internal activities, such as meetings, seminars etc. Other (please give details below)
Q16. Do you or your office collaborate with other institutions (e.g., at a local/regional/national/international level) in regard to the area of ageing, including ICT and ageing?
Q17. If yes, with which institutions do you or your office collaborate with? (e.g., committee, working group, office, department, units within EP, Council, Commission, EESC, CoR, etc.) Please be specific.
Q18. In what fashion do these collaborations take place? Please provide details on the following: a. subject of such collaboration; b. ethical concerns as part of your discussions and work, and how they are addressed (if any); c. other issues.
Q19. Do you or your office actively include older people and/or representative or advocacy groups in the process of formulating solutions/policies/proposals/recommendations in the area of ICT and ageing. If yes, please provide examples.
Q20. Please discuss if and how the proposals included in Q12 (policy recommendations) could be supported and/or implemented by you or the office you are part of. Do you consider the recommendations presented to be a potentially effective means of addressing old age related issues in ICT?