Research Network

Our aim is to connect practitioners, policy makers, academics and researchers who are actively or interested in investigating the impact of intergenerational work/relationships on both younger and older aged participants to come together to discuss and explore the following:

  • An overview of research studies conducted to date- and the strengths and weaknesses of this work (identifying gaps in the knowledge produced to date).
  • Where demand for new research is coming from – the public sector and policy makers, consumers, practitioners, investors? Are there specific fields within intergenerational research that should be prioritised?
  • Potential for research project development at multiple sites across the UK and collaboration further afield.
  • Discussion of methodologies and potential project ideas – is there an appetite to attempt to run a multi-site intergenerational impact assessment project? If so, what might that look like?

GWT is gathering a library of academic evidence to share with members who would otherwise be unable to obtain copies of publications and professional articles. The library will provide affirmation from the field and will be easy accessible for members to increase their knowledge and understanding of intergenerational practice providing evidence to assist in developing new, improving and sustaining projects for longer periods. The library and network meetings will provide much needed evidence which will assist individuals in future planning of projects, funding applications and for strategic players looking to embed intergenerational approaches into policy and strategic reports.

Future meetings Monday 24th January 2022, 2:30pm – 4:30pm


Simone Tomaz, Generating Older Active Lives Digitally (GOALD); University of Stirling
Hannah Bradwell, Generating Older Active Lives Digitally (GOALD); University of Plymouth

The GOALD Generating Older Active Lives Digitally project aims to establish how to design and deliver digital technologies to help older people lead more physically active lives. The project is a collaborative effort between the Universities of Stirling and Plymouth. Up until the end of 2021, the GOALD team have been working on developing baseline measures with the assistance of a steering group and testing the feasibility of some digital technology in care homes.

Wednesday 18th May 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

This session will offer insight into academic research and share it with you our network, looking at up to date research and sharing ideas that may assist our networks to grow and learn. Research has shown us and continues to pave the way looking at the benefits of intergenerational programs and highlights the difference that intergenerational connections can make in relation to health and wellbeing, self esteem, learning and breaking down stereotypes.

Guest speaker TBC.

Monday 31st October 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Generations Working Together research network is hosting another session in 2022 looking at how research strengthens intergenerational work and informs us what works and what we could do to improve our own practice.
We know that intergenerational collaboration can help us make our communities sager and friendlier places by breaking down stereotypes and building positive relationships but we do need Public policy to meet our needs and as we work towards ensuring that resources are used wisely to serve our communities we recognise the need for more research to strengthen what we already know.
Guest speakers TBC.

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