Evidence type: Evaluation i
Information about the programme design and rationale
Evidence about Financial Capability outcomes for programme participants
Evidence that the Financial Capability outcomes were caused by the programme
Evidence about programme implementation, feasibility, and piloting
Evidence about relative costs and benefits of the programme
Leicester Ageing Together (LAT) is a Big Lottery Funded project aiming to reduce loneliness and isolation among people aged over 50. LAT identified poverty as a key cause of loneliness and isolation in Leicester, and thought that the project offered an opportunity to explore how to improve older people’s financial capability
The project aimed to identify if grounding people’s financial decision-making within their wider life context (including family and social connections) leads to greater and longer lasting changes in comparison to more traditional information-based financial capability support. Vista led the project, in partnership with the Community Advice and Law Service, and the Workers’ Educational Association. The partners designed the programme to have two strands of workshops, delivered within a week or two of each other, in local community venues across Leicester:
However, due to delays in project set-up and difficulties recruiting staff, the project found it hard to recruit participants and ended early. The project recruited a total of 163 participants (against a target of 300), aged from 60 to over 90 years old. Three quarters of participants were women, and half came from an ethnic minority background.
Ideas to Impact conducted the evaluation, and used pre- and post-surveys, workshop observation, staff and participant focus groups, and interviews with delivery partners and community partners. The original methodology included three month follow-up telephone interviews with participants to understand their experiences and track changes against outcomes, but these did not happen due to the project finishing early.