Posted: Thu, 22/12/2016 - 17:16

At the end of October we sent out an email request to SiDE Pool members with email addresses.

We asked them to complete a survey regarding their motivations for taking part in research...


The SiDE project is about including older adults in the process of new technological developments. If you would like to know more about the project go to our SiDE website where you can read more.
What exactly will be expected of people who agree to take part in the SiDE Research Pool?
Initially, all we need is:

  • Your contact details
  • Your agreement that we can call you when a research study needs you.

We will keep your details in a secure place and will contact you before allowing any researchers to contact you.
Research studies tend to require different types of people depending on the nature of the work. They may want to get the experience and opinions of people who wear glasses for example or they may wish to talk to people who have recently retired or are about to retire. They may wish to listen to the opinions of people who have no experience at all of using a computer.
Once you agree to take part, you may be asked to become involved in one of the following ways:

  • Fill in a questionnaire
  • Give your opinion on the usability or usefulness of a piece of equipment
  • Come together with a group of people to comment on the results of something – a focus group
  • Be interviewed about your experience of online banking or switching to digital TV for example
  • Test out something in your home, e.g., a new type of remote control
  • Come into the University and give your opinions on a new item, e.g., how good are the instructions?

Whatever the research study might be you are under no obligation to agree to take part if you do not want to.