Active Life Lab
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WE MAKE IMPACT ON WELL-BEING WITH YOU
measuring the effectiveness OF well-being SERVICES
The common challenge of the well-being services is that they do not reach those most in need.
Active Life Lab is a research and development unit of the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, which works in the premises of Saimaa Stadium, established in 2018 in Mikkeli. Our goal is to promote the well-being of people, with research, development and health promotion carried out with our partners. The results bring health services suitable for people’s everyday life and life situation.
The premises offer possibilities to measure the effectiveness of activities targeted to improve well-being. The information provided by the variety of indicators can be used to find out how the effectiveness of the measures varies in different customer groups and activities. The information can be used for determining the measures for the customers, who will get most benefits of them. The information collected will help to develop new solutions in order to improve the effectiveness.
Effectiveness refers to the positive, long-term social benefits provided by the well-being services. In order for effectiveness to be possible, concrete measurable changes in human well-being behaviour and often also in the structures of society are needed. The effects are generated by the carefully planned and targeted interventions, i.e. the well-being services.
FREERIDE: Are there free tickets? Children’s independence and equality in mobility and physical activity following a free bus ride –experiment in the city of Mikkeli
Funding: Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
Partners: Aalto university, Department of Built Environment
CogTail: Tailored Games for Cognition & Force Developments In Elderly Care
Funding: Business Finland
WellmiePRO – Wellbeing service effectiveness platform
Funding: European Regional Development Fund
CARVE: Circadian Activity Revitalizing Vocational Energy
Funding: European Social Fund
Partners: KU Leuven University (Belgium), Idein Ltd. research institute (Bulgaria)
EFFICIENCY MEASUREMENTS AND TRAINING GROUPS UP IN SMART GYM
Active Life Lab has developed a comprehensive concept to measure the effectiveness of well-being services and brought it into practice. The customer groups brought by our partners – such as the groups with special needs in the city of Mikkeli, senior citizens groups of different organizations and life style support groups of Southern Savonia Health and Social Sector – took the measurements at the beginning of the autumn 2018 before they started training in Smart Gym. The effectiveness measurements were repeated in December to collect monitoring data.
The measurements have already been made with about 400 people. The measurement concept includes extensive questionnaires of well-being and six different types of measurement or tests in Smart Gym. The groups, which include nearly 200 people, follow the training program and practice with HUR smart devices.
COLLABORATION WITH HUR LTD. BRINGS GAME CONTENT IN GYM TRAINING
Active Life Lab is collaborating with gym equipment manufacturer HUR. Xamk’s IT business administration students and physiotherapy students developed a game for HUR gym equipment under the guidance of Active Life Lab to promote the cognition and functioning of the elderly. Customers of Southern-Savonia Health and Social Services play the game as part of the training programme and the immediate feedback is given by the real end user group.
The effectiveness model of Active Life Lab measures the effectiveness of the game in holistic well-being. The information is used in the cost-benefit analysis training of the business students. Active Life Lab seeks research funding for further development and research.
MORE EFFECTIVE LIFESTYLE GUIDANCE TOGETHER WITH HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Active Life Lab has made a service management agreement with Health and Social Services lifestyle advisers, where the advisers, with the assistance of their instructor, can access Active Life Lab’s impact measurements and practice tailored well-being programs based on the impact measurements at Smart Gym. Measurements motivate lifestyle advisors and explore the effectiveness of lifestyle advice.
RESEARCH ON THE USER EXPERIENCE OF THE APPLICATION IN HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY FOR A START-UP COMPANY
Active Life Lab is doing a research for a German start-up company Yolife of their smartphone application, the aim of which is to extend the life of the user. Active Life Lab provides an application for users involved in the impact measurements, whereby the effectiveness of the application for the comprehensive well-being can be tested.
Active Life Lab carries out research and writes a research report and Yolife gets important information from a credible partner to support the product development and marketing.
Active Life Lab works as a basis for two new Xamk health study programs Development of data based well-being services (Master) – and Wellbeing Management (BBA) – for future professionals. In their studies, students engage closely with the activities of the laboratory, bringing new perspectives and diverse knowhow of the healthcare industry.
In addition to training programs at Saimaa Stadium, Active Life Lab collaborates extensively with other training programs at Xamk. The diversity in the different areas of expertise of the students is also easily available to our partners.
More information about the education programs
Active Life Lab launch project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund 1.5.2017-31.5.2019.