Overall aims and objectives of EWAS


The overall aim of this programme is to improve the future wellbeing of older people by providing new knowledge to assist policymakers and stakeholders to develop policies and interventions for achieving the best possible outcomes for all age, gender and ethnic groups in an ageing New Zealand society. The programme includes research on intergenerational relationships and transactions, and the work dimension, and their implications for current and future wellbeing. A multi-level evidence base will be developed on the transition to older age making optimal use of existing and new primary data sources, including aspects of ageing that have not been adequately studied in New Zealand.

Information will be gathered through a large scale survey, focus groups, in-depth interviews and seven case studies. The survey has two linked samples of 40 to 64 and 65 plus year olds. The study will focus on the 65 plus group in their own right as well as the younger group. The past, present and future intra- and inter-generational transfers in financial, material, emotional and social terms will receive considerable attention. It will also generate scenarios for population change at national and regional levels. The study aims to provide an understanding that will enable evidence based policy formulation and the delivery of services for enhancing wellbeing in an ageing society.

The research will collect a range of demographic information like age, gender, culture, socio-economic status, migrant status, sexual orientation, marital or non-marital status and family and generational position. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, it will investigate resilience and positive wellbeing aspects of ageing as well as and alongside the threats to them. Personal domains will include subjective psychological states, attitudes, experiences and aspirations, health status, education, labour market experience, financial and asset resources and power and agency. Collective domains will include family relationships and networks, neighbourhood and community networks, housing, state and local government resources, labour market interaction, transport, policy environments and power and agency. Hui, fono, and other forums with community, cultural organisations, government and sector-based end-users will be convened to facilitate practical user-focused transfers of the knowledge generated by the programme.

The programme is comprised of four linked contract objectives: