Aim: This contribution seeks to reflect on how older people can be involved in quantitative research. The Belgian Ageing Studies (BAS) - a research project assessing the needs of home-dwelling older adults - will be described. The focus of the project is to provide material for evidence-based local policy development while enabling older adults to participate politically.
Methods: The research was developed in co-creation with older people, senior associations, senior advisory boards, local authorities, and other stakeholders. Furthermore, older people are engaged as experts and actors in so-called peer-research. Due to sample representativeness the research provides local governments tools for the development of evidenced-based policy.
Findings: The BAS method enhanced building community networks and empowerment of older adults and led to new policy initiatives in municipalities.
Conclusions: The BAS method increases older people’s opportunities to participate politically. Suggestions are made to further elaborate this by knowledge exchange among municipalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology - Abstracts
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology - Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 19 Jun 201622 Feb 2017


Conference23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology

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