Contact person:
Jonas Christensen
  • wedish Research Council for Health Working life and Welfare
Responsible at Malmö University:
Jonas Christensen
Project members:
  • University of Southern Denmark Partner in the Caresam research network
Time frame:
01 July 2020 - 30 June 2021
Research subject:

Project description

The use of welfare technology (WT) has been recognized as a key strategy for Swedish and Danish municipalities to address the increasing needs of safety, security and support among citizens in need of care. WT remains an untapped resource in many organizations, in spite of its potential, as it is difficult for many municipalities to know how and where WT can be used and what WT to invest in. Therefore there is a need for knowledge exchange not only between, but also within municipalities.

Project aim

The aim of the project is to develop methods to improve and promote knowledge transfer in welfare technology based on social and professional aspects to ensure long-term sustainability, and act as input and prepare for extended applications of for strategic funding within Forte as well as Horizon Europe. This one-year project, TechKnow, will create a foundation for a multi-year project to examine how knowledge regarding welfare technologies in elderly care can be transferred both within and between municipalities in Sweden and Denmark.

We begin by exploring the level of this knowledge and how it can be developed within care centers, and then the project will expand into an exploration of successful and possible methods for sharing that knowledge. This enables the creation of a Swedish-Danish shared knowledge platform regarding welfare technology (WT).

Project goals

In short, there are three main goals om that to be achieved through the one-year planning grant:

  1. To review the knowledge base of and discover knowledge gaps at the municipalities. (One scientific paper will be published based on this review.)
  2. To create and evaluate a framework for knowledge sharing. This is done by establishing an empirical base by performing explorative and theory-driven analyses within the areas.
  3. To plan and test the feasibility of a larger study by creating a larger research consortium.