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Survey: How Age-Friendly is McMaster University?


Published: September 7, 2018 

McMaster has recently joined the Age Friendly University (AFU) Global Network. The network has created ten principles that age-friendly universities aim to meet. The principles include older adult involvement in research and educational initiatives, as well as involvement in the broader university community. MIRA is collecting information related to the current status of these principles at McMaster to understand perceptions around principles that McMaster is currently meeting, and where there are opportunities for improvement. 

If you are familiar with McMaster University (including as a staff member, faculty, retiree, alumnus, researcher, graduate student, volunteer, program participant, or broader community member), you are invited to complete a brief survey on McMaster as an Age Friendly University. In this brief online survey, you will be shown the ten principles and asked for your perception of how/if your area of McMaster or department is currently meeting the principles. If you are a member of the broader community, or if you are not connected to a specific department or area, you may consider your experiences with the University as a whole. For each principle, you will be asked to provide examples that demonstrate the principles, or opportunities to improve. Lastly, you will be asked if you have any further comments and, if you agree, for your contact information so that we may contact you for more detailed information and to send you the study results.

You are participating in this study anonymously. Once you have submitted your responses for this anonymous survey, your answers will be put into a database and will not be identifiable to you. An optional set of questions will provide you with the opportunity to provide your contact information, if you are interested in being contacted by MIRA. These questions are part of a separate anonymized online survey and the answers cannot be connected to your answers to the rest of the study questions. You can stop being in this study any time during the survey, but once you submit the survey it will not be possible to remove your data as it will not be identifiable to you.

This study has been reviewed and cleared by the McMaster Research Ethics Board.  If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is being conducted, you may contact:

The McMaster Research Ethics Board Secretariat
Telephone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 23142
c/o Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS)

The following link will lead you to the online survey:

​Thank you for considering this request.

If you are interested in getting more information about taking part in this study, please contact Allison Ward, Project Manager at MIRA, at (905) 525-9140 x 21428 or email Researchers will not know whether or not you participate in the survey, and your choice will not impact other communications with MIRA. 


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