Participants will complete a computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) in their own homes. The interviewers for Wave 1 and Wave 2 of NICOLA are from the market research company Ipsos MORI which is based in Northern Ireland.
Detailed information on many aspects of the participants life will be collected in the CAPI including the socioeconomic aspect (education, employment, living standards, pension, assets), health aspects (physical health, health behaviours, healthcare utilisation, medications) and the social domain (social participation, contact with friends and kin)
Participants information is collected on a laptop. Initial access to the interview questions is controlled by a login and password. All interview data entered onto the laptop is automatically encrypted which means it is meaningless to any unauthorised person. Separate databases are later utilised to remove any personal identifiable data (names and addresses) from the answers to the questions.
Why does NICOLA ask for financial information?
It is very important for the NICOLA study to assess peoples' standard of living and what they can afford as they get older. It enables us to provide an overall picture about participant circumstances and how that may impact on other areas of their life. We understand that people may find such questions highly sensitive and confidential. However, all information provided is anonymised (stripped from any identifying factors), strictly confidential and only used for research purposes. It will not be analysed in a way that identifies an individual.