Change that leads to better lives

Age Friendly Island Evaluation

NDTi were commissioned in April 2016 to conduct a four-year local evaluation of the Age Friendly Island Programme.

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Age Friendly Island is one of fourteen partnership programmes funded through Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better Programme. The overall aims of the national programme are to pilot new or joined up ways of working to reduce social isolation and collect better evidence of what works.

Age Friendly Island is a partnership of older people and voluntary and public sector agencies working together across the Isle of Wight to reduce social isolation, empower older people and influence local culture so that older people are seen as assets rather than burdens. The programme will run for five years from April 2015 – March 2020. The programme consists of 12 separate projects that complement one another to help create an Age Friendly Island. More information about the projects can be found here.

The local evaluation is measuring progress towards four Programme outcomes. The outcomes are as follows:

  • Older people will feel they have improved connections within their local community and reduced social isolation
  • Older people will feel empowered to co-produce local policies and services which become more responsive to their needs, now and in the future
  • Older people will feel the Island is age-friendly; those under 50yrs will see older people as an asset, recognising their contribution to the community
  • Older people will feel an increased sense of health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

The NDTi research team is using a mixed methods approach, combining quantitative data collected through the national evaluation of Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better and project monitoring data, with qualitative interviews, focus groups, observations and case studies.

The NDTi Team Involved in the project include:

  • Dr Naomi Harflett - Research Manager. Naomi is the project manager for the evaluation and is a member of the fieldwork team.
  • Sylvia Barker – NDTi Associate. Sylvia is a member of the fieldwork team.
  • Geraldine Cooney – Research Consultant. Sylvia is a member of the fieldwork team.
  • Ewa Woodward - Project Administrator. Ewa supports the day to day organisation of the project including co-ordinating fieldwork.

To find out more about the project, please contact Naomi Harflett the Project Manager:

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