A short survey was also included in the pages of the diary to enable us to gather information about our participants’:
future intentions regarding housing
overall happiness with their community
perception of their community’s level of age and disability friendliness
The completed surveys were used to inform the questions asked during semi-structured, in-depth interviews (for example, how their perceived level of health/mobility affected their ability to participate in their communities). These data were analysed using SPSS. The GPS data were analysed in conjunction with participants’ daily diary entries to produce interactive maps (Google Earth) which provided a point of discussion between interviewers and participants during the interviews. The interview data was analysed using NVivo. See Disclaimer for further details regarding the development of the maps.
Map: Example of daily movements of one participant and the type of transport used. Click on image to enlarge.
The interviews also covered a wide variety of factors that affect liveability including people, facilities/activities, and the built environment. Prompts used by interviewers to investigate these domains included: