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Exploring the evidence

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The Future of an Ageing Population team has worked with academics for over a year collecting together 200,000 words of evidence for what an ageing population in 2040 might look and feel like. No busy civil servant would ever have time to read the whole report, so we broke it down into bite-sized chunks and commissioned Data Design to create infographic style cards that people could pick and mix.

They’ve also made this video showing how this activity fits into a wider idea generation workshop.

Cat Drew has written more about the process on the Open Policy Making blog.

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  1. Comment by John Gray posted on

    I watched this with interest ... a number of comments:

    * I was surprised there appeared to be so few 'older' people participating in the exercise
    * it would be good to see the outcomes of the exercise itself
    * could the approach (and the Future of Ageing material) be used to promote age-friendly approaches at a local community level

  2. Comment by Yvonne Sonsino posted on

    Is there an opportunity for us to see more of the infographs and results data?

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      Comment by Tom Wells posted on

      John, Yvonne, thanks for getting in touch and sorry for the delay in replying.

      This series of four workshops was designed to help policy makers think through and respond to the evidence we’d collected, although by virtue of having a diverse group of Civil Servants in the room, we had quite a few ages represented!

      “Older" people were very much involved in other workshops the project ran – we learnt a huge amount from working with them which you can read about earlier on the blog (

      As for sharing the materials and output from the workshop – this is something we’re very keen to do in due course. We’d be delighted if other groups wanted to use the materials to run their own workshops. Watch this space!