I'DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors 2)

Lead Research Organisation: Landscape Institute
Department Name: Research Department

Abstract

The I'DGO research consortium has a continuing overall aim to identify the most effective ways of ensuring that the outdoor environment is designed inclusively and with sensitivity to the needs and desires of older people, to improve their quality of life. In focusing on the changing needs of older people, the consortium will address issues that are relevant to a much wider range of people in society as a whole, including disabled people, frail or vulnerable people and those who care for them. The proposed research under I'DGO TOO combines the skills and experience of three research centres and academic colleagues across five academic institutions. It brings this expertise together with that of a range of collaborators from different organisations, agencies and groups, ranging from ODPM to Age Concern, who are keen to use the findings of the research and benefit from it,I'DGO TOO focuses on particular policies and strategies that are currently being promoted by government as part of the sustainability agenda / urban renaissance, integrated communities and inclusive environments / where the potentially important, practical implications for older people's lives have not fully been explored and tested. It investigates how well outdoor environments in certain types of development, built in line with these policies, contribute to older people's health and wellbeing. It does so through research at three different levels of detail. It explores the implications of denser urban living on open space in housing, pedestrian-friendly approaches (such as Home Zones) in street environments and the practical consequences of using tactile paving in the urban environment. A range of innovative methods, some of which have been developed in earlier research by the consortium, will be used to examine in detail how design, and older people's perceptions of the designed environment, make a difference. The voices of older people themselves are a key element in this research. I'DGO TOO recognises the great diversity and range of abilities, disabilities, aspirations, expectations and needs that are encompassed in the population of people over 65 years of age. From the beginning, older people will be involved in expressing what is important to them and in shaping the development of the programme. The approaches used treat older people and disabled people as co-researchers, rather than 'subjects', and the range of techniques place these people at the heart of the investigation. A number of different methods is used to ensure that diverse perspectives and evidence is collected to throw light on the questions and objectives of the research. The main issues to be addressed are: how residential outdoor space in higher-density 'urban renaissance' housing can best be delivered to optimise older residents' quality of life; whether Home Zones provide a good design solution in the context of an ageing population, and the implications of the design, siting, laying and use of tactile paving for older people.The implications of the findings will be important for policy-makers, planners, designers and other professionals working in the urban environment, as well as users of that environment. The research collaborators will help ensure that the outputs are useful and useable for the range of people and groups for whom this work is important. Guidance will be published in a range of formats and media, including attractive and accessible printed booklets as well as web-based publications targeted to suit the needs of different expert, academic, professional and lay audiences.

Organisations

 
Description I'DGO TOO: Why does the outdoor environment matter?



If an older person cannot get out and about locally, they are at risk of becoming 'a prisoner in their own home'. Research by the Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) consortium, under their I'DGO TOO project, has found that the design of Britain's gardens, streets, neighbourhoods and open spaces affects older people's ability to age well and live independently by supporting, or preventing, access for all. People who don't find it easy or enjoyable to get outdoors can spiral into poor physical health, less social contact with others and a reduced quality of life overall. With the cost of sedentary behaviour estimated at £8.3bn per year*, this places a further financial burden on the NHS and Local Authorities through increased admissions to hospitals and residential care homes.

*Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report, 2009. Department of Health, 2010.



Key messages from the Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) consortium:



The desire to get out and about does not diminish in older age, nor does the variety of activities people like to do outdoors.



If older people live in an environment that makes it easy and enjoyable for them to go outdoors, they are more likely to be physically active and satisfied with life and twice as likely to achieve the recommended levels of healthy walking. The same is true for those who live within ten minutes' walk of a park.



The pedestrian experience is vitally important to older people, who are most often on foot when out and about. For the many who find it difficult to get around, it is often due to the poor design, provision, installation or upkeep of neighbourhood features, especially footways.



Lesser-quality environments are often considered by older people to pose an increased falls risk, especially by those with vision, mobility or other impairments. They can heighten fears about crime, nuisance and traffic and make going outdoors less enticing; reinforcing feelings of loneliness or entrenching the challenges of socio-economic deprivation.



Inconsistency, between types of road crossing and tactile paving, for example, can make older people uncertain about features that are designed to be enabling. Providers' adherence to guidelines may improve this outcome, as might public awareness-raising as to what is supposed to be used where and for what purpose.



Measures to make streets less car-centric improve older people's perception of supportiveness and safety but, neighbourhood-wide, it is good paths, accessible open space, safe crossings and plentiful seats, toilets and greenery that really make the difference. Design and materials need careful specification, with consideration given to UK weather patterns.



The more types of residential outdoor space an older person has, whether private or shared, the greater their satisfaction. In terms of wellbeing, the smallest things can bring the biggest benefits, such as having one's own patio, space to socialise or simply a green view.



Supported by their environment, most people aged 80+ living in the community can expect to continue to go outdoors daily, engage in a range of activities and maintain quality of life into oldest age.



Background and context to the research:



There is growing evidence that well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance the long-term health and wellbeing of those who use them regularly. The Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) consortium examined what this means for older people. When we think about lifelong access to and enjoyment of neighbourhood environments, we place older people at the heart of the sustainability and regeneration agendas. But is this reflected in current policy? And does the latest 'best practice' in the planning and design of outdoor spaces really meet the needs of all users?



The I'DGO consortium was established to explore if, and in what way, the ability to get out and about impacts on older people's quality of life and what barriers there are to achieving this day-to-day. The first phase of our research ran from 2003 to 2006 and involved over 770 older people across Britain. Its key findings are reported under the project Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO).



This, second phase of our research, I'DGO TOO, ran from 2007 to 2012, involving 3,580 older people. Having looked at the bigger picture in I'DGO One, we focused on specific aspects of placemaking which were gaining currency in policy and practice but which had not yet been tested for age-friendliness. We wanted to know if new-build housing was providing older people with residential outdoor space, and if this mattered, and if 'DIY' interventions to make residential streets more pedestrian-friendly were creating 'shared spaces' for everyone. We also explored if tactile paving was being designed, sited and laid correctly and if it posed a falls risk to older people.



Findings from each research study under I'DGO TOO



Our study of recently built housing found that, in 21st century developments, residential outdoor space (ROS) tends to be less green than it was pre-2000 and that the levels of such space in the rising number of homes built specifically for older people is below average. The greatest impact on our participants' wellbeing came from having their own patio or simply a green view but, while size of ROS wasn't important, quality and choice was. The more types of ROS participants had, whether owned or shared, the greater their satisfaction. We found that front gardens, in particular, are valued as a place for social interaction and that some of the positive effects of ROS on wellbeing actually strengthen as people age.



Our longitudinal study of 'DIY Streets' found that some older residents responded positively to interventions aimed at reducing the dominance of cars, perceiving that they had become more active and that their street was easier to walk on, especially after dark. For others, not being able to park outside their house, for example, was a disincentive to going out at all and limited social contact. Over a three-year period, 'DIY' changes did not appear to have as much of an impact on wellbeing, social engagement and quality of life as environmental factors on a wider scale. Many of these relate to local open spaces, such as parks, and safe and enjoyable routes to them; both paths and cycleways.



When we looked at tactile paving, as with road crossings in general, we found that few older people were aware what the different types signified; a challenge exacerbated by incorrect provision. Participants with balance problems told us they often felt unsafe walking on tactile paving and, in our laboratory, it affected the rhythm of our subjects' gait, indicating that their balance was challenged. Many people found the 'blisters' uncomfortable and regarded them as a slip hazard when laid on a steep slope, or when wet or icy; when tested, we found that brass and steel studs had a high slip potential. None of the 30 sites we studied met the recommended Light Reflectance Value, meaning that the tonal contrast between tactile and surrounding paving was insufficient for many visually impaired people.
Exploitation Route How has our work influenced the future of outdoor environments?



I'DGO's aim is to influence age-friendly design approaches at a range of scales, from the places in and around people's homes, to local neighbourhoods and wider urban environments. Already, our research has had a significant impact on the decision makers and designers who shape the world around us. The stories below detail how our work has been cited in policy, strategy and guidance, both nationally and internationally, and how we have worked directly with professionals to translate evidence into practice. They tell too of the people for whom our research matters most; older people and those who care for them.



'Real world' citations and recommendations



Since 2007, we have been developing a series of guidance leaflets on how to design streets, parks and public open spaces with older people in mind. Collectively, these practical design guides are one of only two such sources referenced in the World Health Organization's international guide to creating Global Age-Friendly Cities (2007). We have been cited in national planning guidance by both the Scottish and Welsh Governments and in the cross-departmental UK National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society (2008). We are also described as a "very significant source of research and guidance" in Lifetime Neighbourhoods (2011) by the UK Department of Communities and Local Government, particularly with regards to evidence on walkable environments, shared spaces and greenspace.



We are committed to the 'trickling down' of policy to Local Authority and practitioner level, with an emphasis on delivery. We are cited in Homes for our Old Age: Independent Living by Design by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers' Inclusive Design Handbook. Our work on 'enabling' features in the streetscape has been used by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) in its Local Transport Note on

Shared Spaces (1/11, October 2011) and the forthcoming LTN, Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians and Cyclists. In June 2011, we were referenced in the Age UK publication, Pride of Place; a call for local councillors to get involved in improving neighbourhoods for older people.

The GO Science Foresight report on 'Future of an Ageing Population', published 2016, makes reference to the importance of social interaction, contact with nature, and access to open space for older people's wellbeing in Section 4.3 - 'The importance of the wider neighbourhood' and cites two references from the I'DGO project in support.

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Note on Creating Age-Friendly Cities cites several research papers from the I'DGO/I'DGO TOO projects. Research on the importance of the built environment, including neighbourhood streets, parks and open space, for older people's health, mobility and quality of life is reported from our research.Published 18th October 2016.

Consultations



By invitation, we have consulted on the Scottish Government's Planning Policy document, Designing Streets (2010), the Government Office for Science Foresight Report, Making the Most of Ourselves in the 21st Century: the Effect of the Physical Environment on Mental Wellbeing (2008), and the Bishop Review on the Future of Design in the Built Environment, published by The Design Council / CABE in October 2011. We have contributed to a comprehensive evidence review by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which is developing public health guidance on local measures to promote walking and cycling. Working directly with Local Authority officers, we have advised on a 'streetscape design manual' for the London Borough of Southwark, the detailed design of pedestrian crossing facilities for Dorset County Council's Specification for New Streets (September 2011) and the development of guidelines by SaMERU (Safer Mobility for Elderly Road Users). This is a pan-European alliance led by Southend on Sea Borough Council, which has recently implemented our recommendations on town centre wayfinding.



Task groups and expert panels



We have spoken at a Ministerial Roundtable, hosted by Baroness Andrews, on Delivering Lifetime Neighbourhoods and Inclusive Eco-towns and an expert debate on Localism and Lifetime Neighbourhoods, chaired by Baroness Greengross and organised by ILC-UK, publisher of the resultant report and thinkpiece in March 2011. We also sit on a number of task groups, including the Royal Town Planning Institute's Quality and Density Task Group, the Town and Country Planning Association's Eco-towns Housing and Inclusive Design Panel, the Scottish Government's Good Places, Better Health Evaluation Group and the Fairness in an Ageing Society Policy Forum: Living Well in Your Neighbourhood run jointly by the Fabian Society, Housing 21 and Counsel & Care.



Training and awareness raising



Our events schedule has seen us work with a diverse range of professionals influenced by our findings, including the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland and the College of Occupational Therapists (UK), particularly its Specialist Sections on Older People and Housing. We have established strong links with older people's and inclusive access teams in the City Councils of Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle, the Greater London Authority, the London Borough of Camden and, through the SaMERU project, Southend on Sea, Lancashire, Modena (Italy) and Burgos (Spain). We have taken part in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) events for members of the Local Government Association, the Urban Design London Streets & Public Realm Network, Local Authority planners in Norfolk and Suffolk, Engineers Ireland and the National Register of Access Consultants. Having been consulted on Manual for Streets 2: Wider Application of the Principles (2010) by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, we have subsequently presented at all four of the publication's UK national launch seminars in late 2010 (delegate attendance of 500+), spoken at a further two regional seminars and had six publications added to the Institute's paper-free technical library, the Transport Advice Portal (www.tap.iht.org).



Working with end users



Having taken part in the annual Kilburn Debates in both 2011 and 2012, we have established a close working relationship with the Kilburn Older Voices Exchange in London. We exhibited at the third Scottish Older People's Assembly in Edinburgh (October 2011) and have participated in a number of events involving the older people's steering group of A City for All Ages: Edinburgh's Joint Plan for Older People; volunteers from which have kindly given of their time to be photographed by us. We organised a BBC radio walkalong with an older resident in Bradford as part of our media and public outreach activities at the British Science Festival 2011 and count many older people's interest groups and advocates among our 750+ followers on Twitter. In May 2012, we co-hosted an event with Age Scotland and Planning Aid for Scotland as part of a nationwide campaign to end isolation through the effective engagement of older people in shaping their neighbourhoods.



We are delighted that, on the strength of our overall impact on policy makers and practitioners, we are featured as a case study in a major report on the value and impact of research - Making the Case for the Social Sciences: Ageing - published collaboratively by the British Society of Gerontology, the Academy of Social Sciences & AgeUK and launched at a ministerial Q&A led by Baroness Greengross (Westminster, July 2010). I'DGO brings together a total of four universities and an international, multi-disciplinary team of researchers, many with a background in industry. Through a mixed-methods approach, engagement with a broad range of partners and emphasis on 'translating' evidence into real-world guidance, our project demonstrates the value of EPSRC-funded research and builds capacity for future collaborations across health and wellbeing, social inclusion and the built and natural environments. Our commitment to 'joined up thinking' extends to vehicles for knowledge transfer, particularly the 2,000+ member network, KT-EQUAL, of which Catharine Ward Thompson is a Co-Investigator. Highlighting research into Extending Quality Life, this project is also funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (see http://www.kt-equal.org.uk/ )



Bringing together international researchers



In June 2011, I'DGO hosted the third Open Space : People Space international conference on Research into Inclusive Outdoor Environments for All, attracting 120 delegates from 20 countries. The event opened with a cross-consortia workshop for KT-EQUAL, on behalf of which I'DGO has also hosted seminars for over 100 participants, including A Built Environment for All Ages (2010), An International Perspective on the Built Environment for an Ageing Population (2011) and The Competitive Advantage of Age Friendly Cities (2011), the latter run jointly with the ActiveAge project and involving guest speakers from the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Links with Canadian gerontologists and policy makers have been formed and strengthened through The Science of Age-Supportive Built Environments, an Anglo-Canadian study tour of the UK supported by the High Commissions of Britain and Canada and hosted by I'DGO in Edinburgh (2010). Two years on, I'DGO team members have presented, by invitation, at a number of events in Canada, including a joint meeting of the CIHR - Institute of Aging and the Public Health Agency of Canada, Fostering Knowledge Development and Exchange on Age-Supportive Communities (Toronto, 2011), and the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging & Technology (Toronto, 2011).



Speaking on a global stage



Above and beyond the events I'DGO has hosted, our international knowledge transfer activity takes in events in Australia, Japan, China, the USA, Germany, Belgium, Éire, Italy, Iceland, Portugal, Denmark and Spain. Three of our researchers have taken part in the two-day Healthy Ageing and the Physical Environment workshop hosted by the Medical Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in co-operation with Tsinghua University (Beijing, 2010) and five at a major international conference on the impact of global change, Vulnerability, Risk and Complexity, organised by the International Association for People-Environment Studies (Leipzig, 2010). We have participated in the third international conference held by the International Association for Universal Design (Hamamatsu, 2010), addressed the Nordic Architectural Research Network, presented at EDRA2011 (Chicago, 2011) and hosted a multi-disciplinary Chinese delegation exploring current trends and innovations in UK research into accessibility (Salford, 2010). We are proud that our workshop for the pan-European AENEAS network, who focus on Attaining Energy-Efficient Mobility in an Ageing Society, was rated the best and most useful of the organisation's training programme, which included events in Kraków, San Sebastián, Munich, Odense and

Salzburg and concluded in a sell-out conference in Brussels in April 2011.



Building capacity and advising peers



Within the UK and Ireland, I'DGO has contributed to over fifty events aimed at sharing best practice among researchers, including KT-EQUAL workshops on...

Research for Older People and those with a Disability (Manchester, 2010),

From Ageing Research into Policy (London, 2010),

Physical Activity Promotion: Blending Policy, Research and Practice (Bath, 2010),

Qualitative Research Methods (Loughborough, 2010),

Falls and Falls Prevention (Bath, 2010),

Dementia: Innovative Approaches Towards a Better Quality of Life (Sheffield, 2011)

and Older People and Sight Loss (Glasgow, 2011).



We facilitated a session on evidence-based impact at the Enabling Health and Wellbeing in Later Life congress held by the Dementia Development Services Centre in Stirling (May 2011) and, with KT-EQUAL colleagues, at the two-day Ageing Globally - Ageing Locally conference in Dublin (November 2011), organised by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI). We have collaborated extensively with the British Society of Gerontology; contributing to its annual conference programme and writing for its journal, Generations Review. We also sit on Advisory Groups for research projects in related fields, including a Lifelong Health and Wellbeing-funded study by University College London and the University of Hertfordshire to develop a multi-dimensional risk appraisal assessment system for older people (MRAO).



Our second phase (I'DGO TOO) key findings were launched in Europe House, Headquarters of the European Commission and European Parliament in the UK, on 26th April 2012, in celebration of the European Year for Active Ageing.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Environment,Healthcare,Transport

URL http://www.idgo.ac.uk
 
Description Populations world-wide are naturally ageing yet many urban environments remain inaccessible to those with limited mobility. Accessible design can be difficult to achieve because it requires interdisciplinary work and support from all levels of government. To address these challenges, the Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) consortium, led by University of Edinburgh Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, worked collaboratively with end-users to research and plan for positive urban environments for older people. Urban populations are naturally ageing as part of a world-wide change in the demographic profile. By 2016, Edinburgh's population of over-85 year old residents will increase by 30 percent and residents over 65 will increase by 16 percent, compared to an 8 percent increase in overall population. Despite these predictions, the design of many such cities is not prepared for this increase of older residents. For example, uneven roads and pavements in Edinburgh quickly reduce accessibility for those with limited mobility or poor eyesight. Busy roads or cross-walks with short crossing times create lack of confidence among older people and discourage them from undertaking everyday physical activity, like walking in their local neighbourhood. Edinburgh researchers, as part of the Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) consortium, have collaborated with city planners, engineers, and policy makers to tackle this problem. I'DGO aims to help professionals such as these create accessible public spaces by developing clear design guidelines. Led by University of Edinburgh Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, I'DGO ran for ten years in two phases, with the input of over 40 non-profit, business and government partners, as well as collaborating researchers from other UK universities. Research focused on the links between the built environment and older people's outdoor activity, health, and quality of life. Through questionnaire surveys, focus groups, activity diaries and monitoring, street audits and behavioural observations, I'DGO found that supportive neighbourhoods with clear, accessible pathways and green spaces incentivised outdoor activity and contributed to better quality of life. In order to encourage implementation of their findings, I'DGO collaborated with the City of Edinburgh Council's 'City for All Ages' programme, giving evidence and providing design guidance. In turn, the 'City for All Ages' prioritised engagement with I'DGO as a method of knowledge exchange. Additionally, the City used this partnership as a way to develop international ties; Edinburgh is one of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Age Friendly Cities. As a result of the partnership, a Japanese Government delegation visited Edinburgh to meet I'DGO researchers and 'City for All Ages' officials as part of a fact finding mission for their Future Cities initiative. I'DGO researchers continued this policy outreach nationally through engagement with all three devolved parliaments, the European Parliament, and the UK Departments of Health, Communities and Local Government, and Transport. I'DGO also engaged with non-governmental organisations like Age Scotland and AGE Europe. Their expertise allowed government bodies and NGOs to develop more informed policy to support ageing populations. AGE Europe's Secretary General said, "I'DGO's visions and innovative solutions will help us to draw recommendations on how to create/ adapt spatial environments to the specific needs of our ageing populations [and]will help us pursue our campaign to create age-friendly environments across the EU." The GO Science Foresight report on 'Future of an Ageing Population', published 2016, makes reference to the importance of social interaction, contact with nature, and access to open space for older people's wellbeing in Section 4.3 - 'The importance of the wider neighbourhood' and cites two references from the I'DGO project in support. The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Note on Creating Age-Friendly Cities cites several research papers from the I'DGO/I'DGO TOO projects. Research on the importance of the built environment, including neighbourhood streets, parks and open space, for older people's health, mobility and quality of life is reported from our research projects. Published 18th October 2016.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Co-opted member of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Committee C: Physical activity and the environment.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Contributor, Foresight, UK Government Office for Science, 'Future of an Ageing Population', workshop on areas for future research, BIS, London, 5th April 2016.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Dept for Communities and Local Government Research Round Table
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description Expert research witness for Design Commission Inquiry into Neighbourhoods and Housing, All Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation group, House of Lords, London
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Forum for Sustainability and the Environment on the theme of Cities
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/the-world-is-changing-how-do-we-respond
 
Description Invited expert on urban green space and health, WHO European Region Environment and Health Task Force
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Invited member of RCUK/Innovate UK Urban Living Partnership Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Invited member of the Scottish Government's National Walking Strategy Delivery Forum
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Left to our own devices
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Meeting to inform Japanese Cabinet Office representatives on a fact-finding visit on good practice in researching and designing Age-Friendly cities
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Membership of National Walking Strategy working group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
URL http://scottishgovernment.presscentre.com/News/Let-s-Get-Scotland-Walking-d96.aspx
 
Description NIHR Age and Ageing Specialty Group in Scotland, seminar on Patient and Public Involvement - 'Optimising the design of indoor and outdoor environments for older people through co-creation. An exemplar of participatory research'
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Note on Creating Age-Friendly Cities cites several research papers from the MMP, Go Far and I'DGO/I'DGO TOO projects. Published 18th October 2016.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0539#fullreport
 
Description Physical activity and the environment: evidence on environmental support for physical activity in older people, urban deprived populations and BME groups Expert testimony for National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, PHAC C - Physical activity and the environment: update committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £1,873,015 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G030898/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2009 
End 07/2013
 
Description Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
Amount £246,507 (GBP)
Funding ID G1001872/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2012
 
Description City of Edinburgh Council 
Organisation City of Edinburgh Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and knowledge exchange
Collaborator Contribution Assistance with Advisory Groups, access to participants for research projects, site choice and facilitation with interviews, and knowledge exchange and dissemination of results
Impact See I'DGO, I'DGO TOO and Mobility, Mood and Place outputs
Start Year 2006
 
Description Greenspace Scotland 
Organisation Greenspace Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and knowledge exchange
Collaborator Contribution Assistance with Advisory Groups and knowledge exchange and dissemination of results
Impact See I'DGO research outputs
 
Description I'DGO TOO A Luck 
Organisation A Luck Associates
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2010
 
Description I'DGO TOO Age UK 
Organisation Age UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact In June 2011, we were referenced in the Age UK publication, Pride of Place; a call for local councillors to get involved in improving neighbourhoods for older people. See also I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Building Research Establishment 
Organisation Building Research Establishment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO CABE Space 
Organisation Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact We are cited in Homes for our Old Age: Independent Living by Design by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) See also I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Cognatum 
Organisation Cognatum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to sites and participants, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Department for Communities and Local Government 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See Lifetime Neighbourhoods (2011) by the UK Department of Communities and Local Government Also I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Department for Transport 
Organisation Department of Transport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact Our work on 'enabling' features in the streetscape has been used by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) in its Local Transport Note on Shared Spaces (1/11, October 2011) and the LTN, Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians and Cyclists See also I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO EDAW / AECOM 
Organisation EDAW plc
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO EDI Group 
Organisation EDI Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; active involvement throughout including identifying sites; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Elwood Landscape Design 
Organisation Elwood Landscape Design
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to sites, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2008
 
Description I'DGO TOO English Heritage 
Organisation English Heritage
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to information networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Greenspace Scotland 
Organisation Greenspace Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership in the early years; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Guide Dogs 
Organisation Guide Dogs for Blind Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Halton Accessible Homes Service 
Organisation Halton Accessible Homes Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to sites, participants, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Homes and Communities Agency 
Organisation Homes and Communities Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Institute of Highway Engineers 
Organisation Institute of Highway Engineers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See Manual for Streets 2: Wider Application of the Principles (2010) Also, I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO International Longevity Centre 
Organisation International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to advice, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2009
 
Description I'DGO TOO Jacobs Babtie 
Organisation Jacobs Engineering Group
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Assistance with case studies; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Living Streets 
Organisation Living Streets
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Individual meetings; Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination; feedback on project plans and contribution to research.
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO London Wildlife Trust 
Organisation The Wildlife Trusts
Department London Wildlife Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to site information, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2009
 
Description I'DGO TOO Marshalls Paving 
Organisation Marshalls
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to site information, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2009
 
Description I'DGO TOO Mayer Brown 
Organisation Mayer Brown
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO NHS Health Scotland 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO PRP Architects Ltd 
Organisation PRP Architects Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to sites and potential participants, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Peabody Trust 
Organisation Peabody Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to case study sites, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Peter Brett Associates 
Organisation Peter Brett Associates
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership and assistance with potential site selection - active involvement until 2008
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Places for People 
Organisation Places for People
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2009
 
Description I'DGO TOO RNIB Access Consultancy Services 
Organisation Royal National Institute for Blind People
Department RNIB Access Consultancy Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Provision of Meeting Rooms over 2 days, Advisory Group Membership and contribution throughout
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Royal Institute of British Architects 
Organisation RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to professional networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Scottish Government 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Initial advice and Knowledge Exchange support towards the end of the project
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Sport and Recreation Alliance 
Organisation Sport and Recreation Alliance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Some Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Sustrans 
Organisation Sustrans
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence on Sustrans DIY Streets interventions and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group membership, active involvement and assistance throughout including support for site identification and facilitating community engagement.
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO Swindon Borough Council 
Organisation Swindon Borough Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Initial Involvement and collaboration for several years
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description I'DGO TOO The Orders of St John Care Trust 
Organisation The Orders of St John Care Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to sites, potential participants, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2008
 
Description I'DGO TOO Transform Scotland 
Organisation Transform Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group - Initial involvement only
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description IDGO TOO Health and Safety Laboratory 
Organisation Health and Safety Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Access to data, advice, networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description IDGO TOO Phil Jones Associates Ltd 
Organisation Phil Jones Associates
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research evidence and Knowledge Exchange
Collaborator Contribution Advisory Group Membership; access to networks and dissemination
Impact See I'DGO publications, outputs and website plus ROS
Start Year 2007
 
Description AGE Platform Europe - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Catharine Ward Thompson - Invited speaker in panel discussion on 'How to create age-friendly products, building, transport, ICT, tourism' during AGE's thematic conference 'Toward an age-friendly EU by 2020', Brussels, 17th May 2013.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description ARCC Network, UKCIP (UK Climate Impacts Programme) stakeholder workshop - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Mobility, Mood and Place: A three-year, interdisciplinary project to help create guidance on Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing. Ageing and Mobility in the Built Environment. ARCC Network, UKCIP (UK Climate Impacts Programme) stakeholder workshop, Friends Meeting House, London, 4th April 2017. 40 academics, policy-makers, third sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Access Association Seminar : Raising Standards in Inclusive Design 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This one day seminar in Leeds was a chance to share project progress with new contacts, including one of the speakers (Alastair Somerville of Acuity Design) and an exhibitor (Jean Hewitt, the Centre for Accessible Environments). It was also a chance to reconnect with Nicola Mathers of Design Council / CABE through whom we can share best practice via the Inclusive Environments Hub.

UPDATE (March 2017): The relationship with the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has gone from strength to strength. CAE wrote the foreword for our A-Z of Co-Design, distributed it free to over 600 subscribers of industry journal, Access by Design, and exhibited at the MMP conference. The Centre is now partnering our ESRC IAA to develop a training programme (based on the A-Z) for professional practitioners. Staff and Board members attended our reception at the House of Lords; as did Alastair Somerville and Nicola Mathers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Ageing Better By Design - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Catharine Ward Thompson - Invited participant at a Design Forum on 'Ageing Better By Design', Design Council, London, 29 November 2012 Breakfast event, as part of a group of leading designers, practitioners, researchers and policymakers to discuss with a panel the challenges and opportunities for the design of our built environment, and the difference inclusive design can make to the ageing experience.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Arkitekten journal article 2017 - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Published article and photograph in Arkitekten, the Swedish professional architecture journal, on my research

"Catharine Ward Thompson is researching how people are affected by

living with or without access to a green area. The results show a clear

difference in physical and mental health".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://arkitekten.se/nyheter/nya-hedersdoktorn-jag-forskar-om-sadant-vi-redan-vet/
 
Description British Science Festival 2011 - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Current research and future challenges in engineering outdoors, invited presentation at British Science Festival (Bradford) Press Conference

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description British Science Festival 2012 - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: I'd go outdoors if I could, wouldn't you? Presentation of I'DGO TOO findings at British Science Festival event and launch of I'DGO design guidance, University of Aberdeen, 6th September 2012.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description British Society of Gerontology Conference - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Lifetime experience or moment by moment? Environmental influences on mobility and mood in older age', invited keynote presentation to audience of about 80-100 practitioners, gerontologists, etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description British Society of Gerontology Special Interest Group on Research on Transport and Mobility - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Habitats for active ageing: Age-friendly place-making. Later life mobility: From home to neighbourhood and community. Inaugural meeting of the British Society of Gerontology Special Interest Group on Research on Transport and Mobility. Oxford Brookes University, 21st April 2017. 20 academics and policy-makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Canadian Association on Gerontology - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: How does the quality of the neighbourhood environment impact on older people's activity and quality of life? Evidence from a UK study, invited presentation as part of a Social Policy and Practice Divisional Symposium: Translating research on the built environment to policy and practice, presented at 'Aging in a Changing World', 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology in Vancouver

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://cag.conference-services.net/programme.asp?conferenceID=3054&language=en-uk
 
Description Design for Ageing RIBA Research Symposium - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Outdoor Spaces: Barking Town Centre, response to design presented by Liza Fior, muf architects, and presentation of my own research; invited presentation at Design for Ageing RIBA Research Symposium, London, 18th November 2014. 60 professionals and academics.

Interest in our publications and research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.architecture.com/ageingsymp
 
Description Ecobuild 2015 Seminar: Down my street - how does the local outdoor environment support wellbeing? - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Down my street: how does the local outdoor environment support wellbeing? Seminar presentation as part of the Ecobuild 2015 Design Seminar Theme on 'Designing to promote well-being in and around buildings?' ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre, 3rd March 2015, with over 40 participants as part of a much larger event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Edinburgh City Council lunchtime seminar series - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Linking Urban Green Space and Health, invited presentation to Edinburgh City Council lunchtime seminar series, Edinburgh, 30th May 2017. C. 50 local authority attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Edinburgh Friends of Parks Group - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Linking Urban Green Space and Health. Presentation to Edinburgh Friends of Parks group, Edinburgh City Council Chambers, 28th November 2017 (c. 25 members of public in Edinburgh and a few City parks officers)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ending Isolation Through Design - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: I'DGO: Access outdoors and older people's quality of life, presentation as part of a day event on 'Ending Isolation Through Design', hosted jointly by I'DGO, Age Scotland and Planning Aid for Scotland, Edinburgh

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description European Public Health Conference hosted Workshop - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Improvements to Woods In and Around Towns: a natural experiment working with deprived communities, 'Public landscapes for public health' workshop, European Public Health Conference, Stockholm, 2nd November 2017 (c. 55 attendees, academics and public health policy-makers and practitioners)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Urban green spaces and health. Keynote presentation at 'Landscape and Life' conference - From Youth to Old Age: the impact of landscape on our lives - international conference. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 3-5th May 2017. C. 100 policy-makers, practitioners, academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://landscapeandlife.wordpress.com
 
Description Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) symposium, Newcastle - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Urban Design and Human Flourishing. Invited presentation at Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) symposium, Newcastle, 25th May 2017. C. 50 multidisciplinary academics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Health at the Heart of Urban Development Strategy, European Week of Regions and Cities, Brussels - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contribution to 'Health at the Heart of Urban Development Strategy' Round table discussion, organised by Agnes Schuurman, Advisor on EU funding at Utrecht Municipality and hosted at Scotland Europa, with representatives from WHO Europe, EU Commission, Cities of Lyon and Utrecht. Part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, Brussels, 11th October 2017 (c. 45 participants, policy-makers, public authorities)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Honorary doctorate public lecture - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The urban landscape as a place to flourish - green space, health and quality of life. Public lecture on receiving honorary doctorate, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, 5th October, Uppsala, 6th October, 2017. http://www.slu.se/en/research/academic-events/honorary-doctors-lectures/ c. 50 people, mostly students and academics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.slu.se/en/research/academic-events/honorary-doctors-lectures/
 
Description Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors: Launch of IDGO TOO research findings - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Access outdoors and older people's quality of life, and Walkable streets and good routes to the local park - a key to quality of life, presented at launch of I'DGO TOO research consortium findings, Westminster, London

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description International Longevity Centre (ILC) - UK and Age-UK seminar: Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing: Getting out and about - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Invited presentation in response to the questions: 'Where are we now and where do we want to be?'

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/community_matters_making_our_comm...
 
Description Invited plenary paper on Landscape and Health presented at: Improving Health through Landscapes and Gardens, conference, Vienna - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited plenary paper on 'Landscape and Health' presented at "Improving Health through Landscapes and Gardens", conference at the University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy, Vienna, Austria, 1st April 2016. Conference of c. 140 attendees, professional practitioners, academics and students. Reported in Austrian National newspaper Der Standard on 6th April 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Local Government Association Ageing Well Seminar - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Understanding the impact of the built environment on older people's wellbeing and health, invited presentation at Local Government Association Ageing Well Seminar: 'Age friendly places: Creating environments which are good places to grow old'

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Local Government Association Annual Conference and Exhibition - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Getting out and about; what's it worth? Presentation at Fringe event hosted by Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) with Manchester City Council at the Local Government Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, Manchester 2013

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Meeting with the Centre for Ageing Better 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This meeting was set up by the Co-ordinator of the Scottish Older People's Assembly and former Strategy Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council's 'City for All Ages' Strategy. It was an opportunity to brief the Centre for Ageing Better's Age-friendly Communities Network Manager on Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) and Mobility, Mood and Place and discuss how the Centre, which is Lottery-funded to bridge the gap between research, evidence and practice, could use the projects' methods, findings and outputs in its work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/
 
Description Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods Workshop 1 - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Catharine Ward Thompson - Co-organiser, host and presenter at Workshop 1 of the Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods. Presented talk on 'What do we know about older people's access outdoors and how this affects health and wellbeing?' Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods workshop, Scottish Universities Insight Institute, 2nd June, Glasgow. Invitation-only audience of c. 45 policy-makers, practitioners and academics. Knowledge exchange and network of practitioners and experts established.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://memoryfriendly.org.uk/
 
Description Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods: the Scottish Context - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Catharine Ward Thompson and Máire Cox: Knowledge Exchange and enhanced network to share information among policy-makers and practitioners

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://memoryfriendly.org.uk/
 
Description National Loneliness Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact OPENspace was asked to exhibit at this, Scotland's first National Loneliness Summit, by the charity Befriending Networks. The event was for an invite-only audience of around 150 higher level strategic professionals and decision makers and reached capacity. Most of the materials we exhibited were related to our work on ageing, including Mobility, Mood and Place and Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors. The A-Z of Co-Design proved particularly popular with visitors to our stand, as many were seeking ways to work more collaboratively with partners and communities. Therefore, even if our research questions were not of particular relevance to them, our methods were. For example, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who are currently looking at ways to make the service more inclusive. A number of the following asked for business cards so that they could get in touch to arrange a longer / more targeted meeting: Alison Clyde (Generations Working Together); Anne Connor (Outside the Box); Heather Edwards (Care Inspectorate); Karen Windle (University of Stirling); Peggy Winford (Scottish Government); Scott Neill (City of Edinburgh Council).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.voluntarysectorgateway.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/National-Summit-on-Loneliness-and-S...
 
Description Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings, Bonn - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Nature-based solutions as inclusive spaces: Links to people's health, wellbeing and quality of life, invited plenary presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson for Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings - Linkages between Science, Policy and Practice, organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA), Bonn, Germany, 17th - 19th November 2015. c. 180 policy-makers, government, health agency and academic attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.bfn.de/23056.html
 
Description Official opening of the Centre for Dementia Prevention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact OPENspace was invited to exhibit at the opening of this new centre based at the University of Edinburgh, which brings together social and clinical science researchers who focus on dementia. As exhibitors, we were introduced to HRH The Princess Royal (who officially opened the centre) and spoke to her about Mobility, Mood and Place and other OPENspace-led research. The majority of other attendees were representing third sector organisations, so our conversations focused on how they could use our research in their campaigns. Visitors to our stand included team members from Faith in Older People, with whom we have since met to discuss their emerging guidance on dementia-friendly communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://centrefordementiaprevention.com/
 
Description Our PATH to Active Ageing - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Government-sponsored Learning Exchange to mark the 2012 European Day for Active Ageing, including a 10 minute presentation on I'DGO as part of a workshop on Making Best Use of the Environment (chaired by CWT).

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Pint of Science Edinburgh 2017 - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Landscapes of a beautiful mind. Invited presentation at 'Pint of Science Edinburgh 2017', Edinburgh 15th May, 2017. C. 30 students and general public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing,Glasgow - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Understanding the role of the built environment and its effect on human health and wellbeing. Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing, Saracen House, Glasgow, 25th April 2017. 45 policy-makers, practitioners, academics, third sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Policy Forum for Northern Ireland Keynote Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event focused on Improving Care for Older People in Northern Ireland. Convened by Claire Sugden MLA, the Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly's All-Party Group on Ageing and Older People, it took the form of keynote presentations by politicians, senior civil servants and senior representatives of third sector organisations, followed by questions and comments from the floor.

For us, as well as hearing about policy and practice in Northern Ireland (and how it differs from the rest of the UK), it was a chance to reconnect with one of the keynote speakers, Roger O'Sullivan; formerly of CARDI, now Director of the Ageing Research & Development Division at The It was also an opportunity to introduce the second keynote speaker, Chris Matthews (Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety) to our work. He was keen that we keep in touch and provided me with an update on a potential future stream of influence: an emerging Department of Communities in Northern Ireland.

I subsequently submitted a 600-word briefing paper on MMP for inclusion in the official event publication. It has been accepted and will go out to all the event delegates, plus wider contacts in government, the Northern Ireland Assembly and stakeholders more widely.Institute of Public Health in Ireland, who has since emailed me with a number of potential contacts for further dissemination of our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.policyforumforni.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=1145
 
Description Pre-conference workshop Mental Health and Wellbeing, 7th European Public Health Conference - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Built environment and health: using local neighbourhood environments to support wellbeing, Mental Health and Wellbeing - how natural, built, social and cultural environment gets under the skin. Preconference workshop, EUPHA section on Public Mental Health, Urban Health and Environment and Health, 7th European Public Health Conference, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, 19th November 2014. 40 participants, mostly academics with some health and social care practitioners.

Discussion about green space and health associations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ephconference.eu
 
Description Public Wisdom 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This one-day event, held in the Conway Hall in central London, was organised by a non-profit, artist-led organisation to raise awareness of older people's contribution to public life and address challenges such as social isolation. I had a good discussion with one of the speakers, Patrick Devlin of Pollard Thomas Edward Architects, about our co-design work with older people and how architects might include some of the techniques in their practice. One to follow up when the A-Z of Co-Design is published. Also, in a meeting with Nicola Mathers of Design Council / CABE the next day, I was able to share examples of Patrick's good practice (his practice co-designed a housing scheme with an older women's collective).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://cubittartists.org.uk/2015/02/16/public-wisdom-2015-aging-creativity-and-the-public-realm/
 
Description Routledge sponsored webinar on Landscape Architecture and Health - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Can Landscape architecture improve health? The evidence on access to green space. Presentation to a Routledge sponsored webinar on the theme: Can landscape design/landscape architecture actually improve health? One of three contributions from UK, New Zealand and USA, 31st March 2015, with over 120 international attendees from practice, academia and interested public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7IE--03Cb4
 
Description Showcase of world class occupational therapy research to meet the needs of an ageing population - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: 'Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors: creating age-friendly outdoor environments', to an invited audience of expert researchers and practitioners at the College of Occupational Therapists, with an opening address by its patron, HRH the Princess Royal.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Sustainable Cities: looking to the future - Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sustainable Cities: looking to the future - Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment event, chaired by Catharine Ward Thompson. St Catharine's College, Cambridge, 14th January 2015, over 150 people attended, from the general public to policy-makers and academics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Timchenko Foundation: Society for all Ages, III National Conference, Moscow - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Inclusive access to outdoor environments and quality of life in an ageing society. Invited presentation at the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Foundation Society for all Ages III National Conference on the theme of 'Where and How we Age', Moscow, 8th October 2015. Attended by policy makers, social service providers and lay people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ageing-forum.org/en/event/conference-2015-2/
 
Description Tourism Innovations for an Ageing Population 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Organised by Interface, an organisation which connects businesses with academic expertise, this event focused on making tourist destinations more accessible across the lifecourse. It was held at Napier University, Edinburgh, and was attended by industry agencies, companies and researchers. I participated in break-out discussions, and manned a stand at which I distributed materials from the I'DGO TOO and Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) research projects, including The A-Z of Co-Design. Following the event, Interface asked to come and speak to members of OPENspace research centre regards future opportunities to influence/collaborate with industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.interface-online.org.uk/events/tourism-innovations-ageing-population
 
Description University of Edinburgh: a series of public lectures examining the global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact University of Edinburgh: a series of public lectures examining the global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges
Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Is green good for you? Health and access to natural environments, public lecture given in University of Edinburgh's Our Changing World series

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDIWANkNHD4
 
Description Urban Green Space and Health, Invited public lecture to promote a future conference on Green infrastructure/new challenges for planning urban landscapes, Ljubljana - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Urban Green Space and Health' Invited public lecture as introduction to promote a future conference on 'Green infrastructure/new challenges for planning urban landscapes', and to mark Ljubljana as Green Capital of Europe. Organised by the Slovenian Landscape Architecture Association (DKAS) and the University of Ljubljana. Ljubljana Town Hall, Slovenia, 4th April 2016. Attended by c. 90 professionals, policy-makers, academics and students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Urban Green Space for Health and Wellbeing, Stockholm - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Urban Landscape as a Place to Flourish: green space near to homes and daily life. Invited presentation at Urban Green Space for Health and Wellbeing conference, Stockholm, 30th November 2017 (c. 50 attendees, landscape architects, planners, and other professionals working in Sweden and Norway)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Urban Mobility round table, EUROCITIES 2015 conference, Copenhagen/Malmo - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Catharine Ward Thompson was participant in Round table on urban mobility, EUROCITIES 2015 conference, Copenhagen/Malmo 4th - 6th November 2015. c. 45 attendees, city mayors, policy-makers, national and local government employees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://eurocities2015.kk.dk
 
Description UrbanAdapt: Urban adaptation, planning and practice: supporting nature-based solutions, Prague - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact "Green and blue infrastructure: Links to people's health, wellbeing and quality of life", presentation to audience of c. 70 academics and many policy-makers, at UrbanAdapt international project conference on "Urban adaptation, planning and practice: supporting nature-based solutions", Prague, 18th October 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Using local neighbourhood environments to support health - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Invited speaker at lunchtime seminar for Cambridge Institute of Public Health. Attendees were c. 35 academics from a range of disciplines to the open seminar across IPH and beyond.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/48654
 
Description Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities - Catharine Ward Thompson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Catharine Ward Thompson: Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors: making a difference for older people, plenary presentation at Scotland's 5th national 'active travel' conference. Delegates from government (local and national), industry and the not-for-profit sector.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012