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This publication is dealing with the report of Luxembourg on experiences of user participation in R&D oriented work.


The active R&D sector in Luxembourg in the domain of disability and elderly persons is mainly carried on by two actors, the ADAPTH asbl and the Public Research Center Henri Tudor. In fact most of the R&D projects in this domain are the result of a collaboration between the two organization.

There are several projects including disabled and elderly people, it appears that whenever it was possible the end-users were asked to take part in the projects from the beginning of the R&D stages. The end-users are mostly recruited in centres, organisation or institutes. Those centres welcome the participation in R&D projects even if the work is done on voluntary base. Luxembourgh is a small country and there is a little potential of centres/user groups/users which can take part in a R&D project. So there is no really need to set up user selection strategies when the project focuses on a certain user group.
The end-users (disabled/elderly) are generally selected through organizations or centres, and in this case the centre are generally the link between the developers and the end-users. The end-user selection is done by the staff working in these centres, as they have the best possible acquaintance of the users. The recourse to private people (those not member of an association, or patient in a centre, ..) is low.

The user involvement in all the analysed projects is seen as an important issue. Therefore the user involvement is present in most stages of the projects. The main activity of the users is the analyse of user requirements and the validation of the demonstrators.
The end-users are if possible trained by the staff of their centre. This allows a more personnel approach. To do this the staff gets (if needed) a training by the project developers. Here some research centers as the CRP-Henri Tudor can rely on a department specialized in the organization of training courses.

There have been no special organizational frameworks set up for user participation in R&D projects. However the Minister for the Disabled and the life-injured has set a national program in favour of the disabled persons (Plan d'action en faveur de personnes handicapées). This program aims at establishing a politics for the integration of disabled people. One of the goals is to set up a co-ordination and interaction between all the intervening parties in the field of disability. The creation of the governmental non-profit organization Info-Handicap was a first step for the co-ordination of activities in the disability sector. With its 32 organisation members Info-Handicap has the potential to set up organisational frameworks in the disability field.

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