Typical oversights when managing an intergenerational program: a reflection from Portugal

Cláudia Azevedo*, Cristina Palmeirão, Constança Paúl

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This article reflects on how a lack of systematic design in planning an intergenerational program (IP) could compromise the use of an appropriate methodological framework, participant selection criteria, and applicable methods of evaluation. Drawing upon an IP developed in a disadvantaged context in Portugal between a school and a day care center for older persons, we critically consider the motivations for implementing this type of program. It is argued that disparate motivations lead to unsystematic design and planning, an indistinctness of selection criteria for the participants and prevented outcomes-oriented thinking. Additionally, guidance is provided for potential use in planning future IPs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018


  • Intergenerational programming
  • Methodological framework
  • Oversights
  • Practitioners
  • Systematic design


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