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This project began in February 2008.  We conducted 10 focus groups in different parts of London, followed by 90 in depth interviews with couples where at least one person in the couple is over 65.  We intereviewed couples both together and individually.  All of our focus groups and interviews were transcribed word for word, and we then used computer software to help us scrutinise every sentence.
We have more than four lever arch files of focus group and interview data.  The analysis is very detailed. The project formally ended in July 2010, although we have continued to analyse our data and present findings to interested groups.  We are also in the process of writing journal articles for publication in academic journals.  

The project has generated new understanding and knowledge in a number of spheres.

Our main findings from the focus group and interview data and are set out on the pages for findings from our discussion groups and from our interviews.
We have undertaken statistical analysis of a very large and important dataset, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
We have analysed government policy relating to personal money for older people, and our main findings are on the policy findings page.
We are asking members of the public to fill out our web survey.  This is an ongoing project, and people from all over the world have filled in this survey.  When sufficient numbers of people have filled in the survey, we will report the findings here.
We have given a number of workshops and presentations related to this project, and you can click here to download these, from the page about presentations and publications.

Methodological Insights

In addition, new methodological insights have been gained into the usefulness of including in-depth qualitative interviews with ordinary citizens in policy analysis to understand the ways that government messages penetrate into ordinary language, and the impact this has on people's thinking and behaviour.  We have also gained knowledge of the best ways to interview couples, including how different methods impact on the kinds of things that people say, and we have reflected on the ethics of interviewing couples together as opposed to separately - subjects rarely considered in household research.


You can use the tabs in red above the title on this page to go to the different sections that relate to our research findings, or you can click on each of these highlighted words: Research FindingsSummary, Timetable, ELSA, Discussion Groups, Interviews, Policy and Presentations.