iGenNB is a pilot project funded by HSPP. As such, there is also an associated research study evaluating the project. As a participant in the iGenNB project, you are being asked to participate in the evaluation process.
The following information is provided to help you make a decision as to whether or not you want to participate in the research side of the project. You may also access the complete Participant Information Sheet here.
What is the evaluation about?
We are seeking to evaluate whether The Ville’s Intergenerational Living project (iGenNB) is a beneficial, effective, and sustainable model of co-living. We are interested in the experiences of, and benefits for older adults and students living together as part of this project.
Who is conducting the research?
This evaluation is being conducted by a team from St. Thomas University. Dr. Clive Baldwin, Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies, is leading the evaluation. Dr. Andrea Trenholm, a postdoctoral researcher, will take day-to-day responsibility for the evaluation. Two Research Assistants are also involved with the study.
What does participating in the evaluation entail?
In agreeing to participate in the evaluation you are agreeing to take part in three interviews, each of approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours in length. The first interview will focus on how you came to be interested in the project, your reasons for signing up, and your hopes and fears for the coming year. We will also ask you about your experiences of the recruitment, matching, and practical processes of The Ville. If you are an older adult, we will also ask you about your daily life, friends, family, activities, interests etc., and for some information about finances, particularly household expenses, and health care.
The second interview, approx. 6 months into the project, will give you an opportunity to tell us about your experiences, what you think is working and not working, what changes you think might be beneficial. The third interview will take the same format as the second interview, but we will also ask the older adult about finances and health care again.
All interviews will be conducted one-on-one and face-to-face, either at your home, at The Ville, or at St Thomas University. Your choice! You will be asked for your permission for us to audio-record these interviews.
In addition to the interviews we would also like you to keep a diary of what happens over the course of the project. This does not have to be done every day, nor does it have to be very detailed. The purpose of the diary is to help you remember what has happened over the period since the last interview. We do not need to see the diary as part of the evaluation, but it will be helpful when it comes to telling us about all that has happened.
You will also be invited to take part in three review group meetings. These are meetings of people involved with iGenNB - not just homesharers. They are an opportunity to share experiences and a chance to think about what would make the project better. These meetings will take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, will also be audio-recorded and will be held at The Ville.
To view the complete Participant Information Sheet click here.
To view the Participant Interview Consent Form click here.