Pilot Projects

Surveying Older Populations using Video Communication Technologies (Conrad)
This research project will examine data quality, participation, respondent experience, and costs in two promising but not yet widely deployed survey modes that use off-the-shelf video technology and are less costly than face to face (FTF) interviews: video-mediated (VM) interviews (live two-way communication via platforms like Skype) and video self-administered (VS) interviews, in which video-recorded interviewers ask the questions and respondents answer by typing or clicking. The project's comparisons will provide new insights regarding how these decomposable aspects of human contact affect behavior and experience in surveys, in particular, for aging populations. 2019.

The Cognitive Costs and Benefits of Social Technology use in Older Adulthood (Sharifian)
Social engagement is an important protective factor for age-related cognitive decline and dementia. However, it is unclear whether social engagement through social technologies (i.e., texting, social media, video chat, email) demonstrate the same protective effects as face-to-face social interactions. The proposed study will assess whether previously-established social technology measures demonstrate measurement equivalence across younger and older adult populations and are psychometrically sound for use in older adults. 2019.

Housing context and functional health among lower income older adults: The mediating role of social resources (Webster)
Housing characteristics and disability in later life are closely tied, but whether housing can positively influence functioning through social resources is unclear. Using data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), this pilot study will determine if and which social resources are a pathway through which housing is related to functional health in later life. 2019.

Past Pilot Projects

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