Going Outdoors: Falls, Ageing & Resilience (Go Far)

Going Outdoors: Falls, Ageing & Resilience (Go Far) is a multi-disciplinary research project. It is funded by the cross-council Lifelong Health & Wellbeing programme, led by the Medical Research Council. SURFACE Director, Professor Marcus Ormerod, is the Principal Investigator, leading a team of 13 researchers from the UK and Canada. They have come together to explore the relationship between older people, outdoor falls and the design of the public realm.

Work started on Go Far in late January 2012 and the final stages of data collection and analysis were completed in summer 2013. The project outcomes are currently being written up for publication and a joint project to launch a website for falls reporting is in development with Age UK. 

To find out more about our general research aims and objectives, please  download our Go Far A4 booklet.  For details of the specific Work Packages:

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 1: Scoping of current falls data collection methods to define “hot-spots” of outdoor environmentally-linked falls. This Work Package is being undertaken by the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 2: What are the experiences and understandings of older people about risk factors for falling in the outdoor environment? This Work Package is being undertaken by the Universities of Southampton, Bournemouth and Swansea.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 3.1: Development of an audit tool for the outdoor environment that will identify options for falls prevention. This Work Package is being undertaken by the Universities of Salford, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 3.2: Development of a pilot protocol for the use of a combination of engineering tools in the real world to assess the surface condition and properties of different built environment materials. This Work Package is being undertaken by the University of Salford, Toronto Rehab and the Health and Safety Laboratory.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 4.1: Knowledge exchange. This Work Package is being undertaken by the University of Salford and Age UK.

The remaining two Work Packages are:

Work Package 4.2: Management of the Project
Work Package 4.3: Development of future cross-disciplinary research projects