The Development of HAGIS

  • The Scottish Government controls most policies that affect older people in Scotland and it is, therefore, able to follow a different strategic direction for older people’s policy than that in other parts of the UK. The distinct policy environments suggest the need for a different evidence base for older people in Scotland
  • Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS) is the pilot study for Scotland’s comprehensive longitudinal study of its ageing population
  • The pilot study of HAGIS has been funded by the National Institute of Aging and the Nuffield Foundation
  • The study has taken advantage of its access to administrative data linkage to develop an innovative sampling frame and to link consenting respondent’s surveys to health, social care, and education data
  • Fieldwork was conducted by FACTS International and project managed by the HAGIS team
  • HAGIS is of international importance as a member of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) family of longitudinal surveys of ageing. Harmonised data from HAGIS will permit quantitative comparisons of ageing processes between Scotland and the other members of the HRS family, which now cover more than 50% of the world’s population aged 50+