We have succesfully completed the pilot study of our questionnaire in Warsaw and improved the Polish version of the survey. We are now fine-tuning the Spanish version of the questionnaired and the pilot in Madrid will soon follow. After that, the Market Research World interviewers will just have to go through the mandatory training and they will soon be heading out into the field to knock on the doors of older residents of Warsaw and Madrid.
The interviewers will visit several thousand addresses and talk face to face with respondents about their experiences of heat. They will measure outdoor and indoor temperature and humidity to see how housing conditions protect people from heat. They will talk about perceptions of climate change and strategies to combat overheating. They will ask about housing conditions, lifestyle, health status and social ties, so that we can identify groups of people who are particularly vulnerable to high temperatures.
The EmCliC survey will use Computer Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI) that will be conducted with a representative sample of people aged 65 and over. This procedure will allow us to draw conclusions about the elderly population in both cities. In total, Market Research World will conduct 2000 full interviews, 1000 in each city. The addresses of respondents were drawn from the national PESEL register and the Spanish database of the Instituto National de Estadistica. Residents of Warsaw and Madrid will receive letters informing them about the study and about the possibility of setting up a suitable interview date with the interviewer. After completing the survey, respondents will also be able to take part in a special competition.