Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre

Project Items

DIY Jury on Issues Prioritised by Older People

This first DIY Jury Project focussed on issues affecting older people and explored issues of health and resources for later life.

The whole process was documented with a video and a handbook to enable other community groups and constituencies to facilitate the running of their own Citizens' Juries in the future.

Download information about the project pilot (PDF: 262 KB).

The project began by inviting older people from around Tyneside to be part of a Steering Group that gradually focussed on the issue of falls and the development of improved health technologies to prevent and treat them.

The Steering Group then recruited a jury of six men and seven women ranging in age from early 20s to late 60s, and of multiple ethic and economic backgrounds.

They then invited the witnesses who addressed the jury at six hearings between October and November 2002. The Jury's final verdict was reached at a session held on 6th January 2003.

The project itself recommended a number of developments, for example: