Who Cares?

"Who Cares?" invited interested citizens to share their care story/stories in order to find out what a fair future care culture might look like.

stories, care, support

The project overview

Area of Science: Social Sciences
Location: independent of location
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: computer with internet access
Activities of citizen scientists: other activities
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.12.2014 - 30.11.2016
Time to join in: 12.10.2015 - 31.01.2016
Expenditure of time: time needed to write a story

Project objective

Have you ever taken care of family members? Is your grandma getting confused and do you therefore visit her more often? This project investigated and analysed how and under which conditions care can succeed in daily life situations: Who is involved? What kind of support networks are helpful? What might a fair future care culture look like? Stories lend a face to those who care and those who are cared for, at the same time attitudes and structures become visible which should be maintained or changed in the future – in terms of a future-oriented care culture. These stories were  made available to a broader public.

How did citizen scientists participate?

This project invited interested citizens to share "care story/stories" in writing. It addressed everyone who cares for someone in their immediate or wider surroundings, someone who needs support in his/her daily life due to various constraints. The answers to this and the following questions were of great interest here: Who do they have contact with? What is important to them in their daily lives? What makes them happy with the situation? And what perhaps makes them unhappy? What could make their everyday lives easier?

What happened TO the contributions of citizen scientists?

Participants decided whether their contribution could be made public - and thus accessible to others - or not. They could also be published under a different name (pseudonym). Selected contributions were evaluated and analysed in view of commonalities and differences. This way "typical stories" and structures became visible.

Participating and supporting institutions

Contact

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Reitinger
Elisabeth.Reitinger@aau.at

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