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Materials to help you plan for population ageing

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Use our workshop materials to understand how population ageing will impact your area of interest.

During the Foresight Future of an Ageing Population project we worked with Policy Lab to run a series of workshops. In these sessions, we presented policymakers with evidence from our project on specially-designed cards, and asked them to use these cards to think about what population ageing means for their area of policy. We also shared cards with individual personas on, to encourage them to think about how different people might experience the changes.

Use our workshop materials

We’ve received considerable interest from across the UK and Europe in our materials since the workshops and so have updated them and made them available on this page. You can now use them to hold your own workshop to consider what population ageing means for your policy area and how you can make changes now to adapt to the issues that could arise.

There are three types of material you will need to run a successful workshop using our approach. Select the links below to download the facilitators guide, evidence cards and personas.

  1. Facilitators guide

The facilitator's guide explains how you can use these materials to run a workshop taking people from initial interaction with the evidence, through to developing policy responses to these challenges.

  1. Evidence cards

Our evidence cards present some of the really important pieces of evidence around what population ageing will mean for government and for everyone in society. There are seven sets of evidence cards addressing the following different topics.

These designs can be used on the backs of cards, should you wish to print them professionally.

  1. Personas

The personas tell a story about how a fictional person living in 2040 could experience some of the consequences of population ageing. These are useful in really helping policymakers and decision makers think about how policies can impact real people.

More information about the cards

The video below explores how Foresight and Policy Lab used the workshop materials to support policymakers to engage with complex evidence and produce new policy recommendations.

This blogpost from Alison Griffin explains how Foresight worked with the Scottish government using these materials.

And in this blogpost, Stephen Bennett explains how Foresight drew on design and open policymaking techniques to develop the materials.

Finally, if you’re running a workshop on ageing with a local focus you can find a host of data, broken down by local authority, in these maps that we produced with the ONS.

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