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Enhancing the SCIROCCO tool using quantitative and qualitative methods


Tamara Alhambra-Borrás ,

Polibienestar - University of Valencia, ES
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Cristina Alexandru,

University of Edinburgh, GB
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Diane Whitehouse,

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Jorge Garcés-Ferrer

Polibienestar - University of Valencia, ES
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Background: The SCIROCCO tool, developed as part of the SCIROCCO project, incorporates the Maturity Model for the adoption of Integrated Care developed by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (B3 Action Group on Integrated Care). The online self-assessment tool can be used to facilitate scaling-up of integrated care across different health and care sectors, at different levels in health or care systems, and in a range of communities. Currently, more than 30 European regions are involved in testing the SCIROCCO tool.

Since the project launch in April 2016, the tool underwent two iterations. Each of the iterations of the tool was followed by a round of refinement to inform its subsequent development so that the tool increases its usability and usefulness. Moreover, several focus group sessions were conducted to gather end-users’ experiences and perspectives on the tool.

Aims and Objectives:

The three-fold objective of this workshop is to present the SCIROCCO tool and the learnings that have taken place around it:

Use of the tool to facilitate knowledge transfer and scaling-up of integrated care.

Quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies used for the SCIROCCO tool construction, refinement, and improvement.

Future directions for the use of the tool. 

The workshop is also intended to gather feedback from the workshop participants on their opinions and perspectives about the SCIROCCO tool and its potential (policy) impact.

Format (timing, speakers, discussion, group work, etc.): A workshop session of 90 minutes in length will be conducted. Four individual members of the SCIROCCO project will be responsible for conducting the workshop (the chair, and three people making two presentations). The session will be chaired by a SCIROCCO project leader, who will introduce the workshop. A set of presentations will follow, covering the different session objectives. First, a presentation on the tool construction and use will be given. This will be followed by a second presentation on the users’ experiences and perspectives on the SCIROCCO tool collected through focus group sessions in four European regions. This second presentation will include the learnings about the future directions of the SCIROCCO tool and its policy implications. Participants will be asked to actively join in the discussion on the further enhancement of SCIROCCO tool.

Target audience: This workshop targets all stakeholders interested in the scaling-up of integrated care and the development of new tools that help to understand this complex process.

Learnings/Take aways:

Workshop participants will learn about:

The development of the SCIROCCO online self-assessment tool.

The experiences in using the SCIROCCO tool to facilitate the learning and scaling-up of integrated care in more than 30 European regions.

Policy impact of the SCIROCCO tool.

The project itself will benefit from this workshop by:

Promoting the SCIROCCO tool and sharing the insights of users of the SCIROCCO tool.

Collecting feedback on the SCIROCCO tool’s usability and potential policy implications. 

How to Cite: Alhambra-Borrás T, Alexandru C, Whitehouse D, Garcés-Ferrer J. Enhancing the SCIROCCO tool using quantitative and qualitative methods. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2018;18(s2):67. DOI:
Published on 23 Oct 2018.


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