Age-Friendly Forsyth’s research process engaged three collaborative work groups — Data, Survey, and Best Practices, as well as overarching Steering and Advisory committees. Over 100 organizational and community members have participated in this process. Members of the work groups focused on:
- publicly available data
- determining factors that affect quality of life
- implementation of a telephone survey of 1002 adults aged 60 and older
- best practices research
A data and research report, which included preliminary findings from the research process was presented to all committees and work groups. Preliminary findings helped inform questions posed to the community through three Community Conversations events. The Community Conversations provided direct community perspective from 120 additional community members.
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The Outcome Framework was developed through research and work group collaboration, and includes components related to aging within a community. Outcome areas are broken down into outcome factors, which are general topics that relate to the outcome area. Outcome factors are then broken down into indicators. Indicators provide a measure of a given condition and were chosen in collaboration with professionals in data and research fields. Indicators for this report are based on publicly available data, and primary data collected through the random-sample surveying of adults aged 60 and older.
The Research Framework was developed through community collaboration; it shines a light on the conditions that affect aging in Forsyth County.