What we’re learning
Find out more about our test and learn approach, and the ways we're using research and evidence to help influence the future. You can also sign up for our learning newsletter here (just scroll down!).
The Ageing Better programme (which we are a part of) seeks to support the development of better evidence about how to reduce loneliness and social isolation for people aged over 50, in order to improve the design of services in the future.
Age Better in Sheffield is contributing to the development of this evidence by being part of the national evaluation led by international research company Ecorys. All participants in Age Better in Sheffield are asked to take part in the national evaluation, completing a survey using a Common Measurement Framework (CMF) designed by Ecorys (include link to the Wellbeing form) at the start of their involvement with a project, after six months (for longer projects), at the end of the project and then a final time six months later.
Local evaluation of Age Better in Sheffield is carried out by Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). CRESR carry out analysis of the data gathered through the CMF, and train and work alongside a group of ‘peer researchers’ (volunteer researchers who are all aged 50+) to carry out qualitative research including interviews, focus groups and observation to understand the impact of the projects in greater depth.
Test and Learn
As well as formal evaluation, throughout the six years of Age Better in Sheffield we are taking a ‘test and learn’ approach. This means that everyone involved in the programme reflects on their experiences – what works (and doesn’t work) – to reduce loneliness.
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Read our learning blogs
Recognising the importance of relationships
This blog post will highlight one key theme that is emerging from our data; how important relationships between project workers and participants are for both early and ongoing engagement in the project.
Give me one good reason why I should get online
Why is it important to have a national campaign aimed at getting people online and why is it important for Age Better Sheffield to promote digital inclusion for older people as part of our programme? The answer for us is simple: getting online can improve the health and wellbeing of older people and have a positive effect on financial inclusion too.
Two wheels good: in support of cycling
In this blog we give an update on our work exploring opportunities for cycling in Sheffield for older adults.