Making it CLEAR

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

The evidence base to inform the allocation of the Change Fund was acknowledged to be weak in many areas, and a particular gap was identified in relation to the factors that build and maintain the resilience of older people in the community.  Making it Clear was commissioned to build evidence in this area and also to apply the findings in a practical way.


What you did?

Making it CLEAR (Community Living, Enablement and Resilience) is a partnership between City of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University.  The project aims to enable older people to live well within their communities by better understanding what supports them to remain resilient.

The Making it CLEAR project aims to:

  • learn how to create resilient communities for older people
  • identify and measure the benefits associated with resilient communities
  • conduct this as a participative project; creating real benefits whilst learning how to effect change

What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

Deliverables to date include an integrative literature review which has informed the development of a tool to measure resilience.  The tool is being robustly tested through working with older people in Edinburgh and will enable us, for the first time, to objectively measure the concept of resilience.  Analysis of the data will now direct the next stages of the project.


Contacts - to find out more

Jacqueline Pentland, JPentland@qmu.ac.uk   0131 474 0000