Abstract: This article reports on the findings from an evaluation of a research project, which involved three older people as co-researchers. The project aimed to explore the experiences of frail older people living in the community in The Netherlands. The evaluation took the form of semi-structured interviews with individual members of the research team, and two reflective team meetings.
The co-researchers were involved in interviewing other older people in partnership with the academic researcher and analysing the qualitative data. Their involvement had an impact on the quality of the interviews. The co-researchers were very effective in helping the interviewees feel at ease and establishing an initial rapport. They were also better able to relate to the responses that older people gave. In some cases, the interviewees addressed all their responses to the co-researcher rather than the academic interviewer. The academic researcher concluded that the co-researchers were sometimes more successful than she was, in getting to the core topic in an interview.
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Date Entered: 2014/08/19
Date Edited: 2014/08/19