Objective Three: Perspectives, experiences and transactions


New knowledge is generated that (a) contributes to a deeper understanding of how the perceptions and aspirations of the elderly, and their interactions and transactions with culturally diverse communities of kin, friends and neighbours contribute to their wellbeing, and (b) aids policy relating to the balance of government, community and familial support for older people. The objective responds to KKQ1, 2 and 3 by contributing to knowledge on definitions and measures of social connectedness or participation, for purposes of monitoring these outcomes, and establishing causal factors for understanding variation for the population as a whole and subgroups. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods is used, and a sample survey of New Zealanders aged 65+ is completed.

Key Knowledge Questions

  1. Describing and monitoring variation in social outcomes.
  2. Understanding the multiple causes of variation in social outcomes.
  3. Monitoring key causal factors.
  4. Analysing what works to change variation in social outcomes: design, delivery and impact of policy.
  5. Anticipating the likely impact of future social, socio-demographic and technological trends on social outcomes.