The ABAM-MF project (Volunteering to Counter Financial and Material Mistreatment of Older Adults) completed its first year of funding on April 1. This research project aims to document volunteer action (management, actions and benefits) in countering financial and material mistreatment of older adults, in order to identify the specific characteristics and enhance it with a Practice guide. With regard to the methodology provided, the project is progressing according to six key stages:

  1. Achieve a summary of knowledge with a systematic international literature review spreaded over five years;
  2. Collect data in six not-for-profit organizations where volunteers are committed to counter mistreatment in Quebec and in French-speaking Canada;
  3. Data collection analysis;
  4. Identify emerging practices;
  5. Draft a practical guide;
  6. Implement a knowledge transfer plan.

The literature review was completed in the fall of 2015. The team began the analysis of the listed text corpus. Data collection tools were approved by the Research Ethics Committee during the same time. Since then, the team is collecting data. Three organizations have been met so far and steps have been taken with a fourth organization. For each organization selected, the team collects documentation on the organization, carries out a group interview with managers, administers sociodemographic questionnaires with volunteers, conducts individual interviews with volunteers, coordinators or employee practitioners, then with older adults who received volunteer support. Data are then rendered anonymous, coded and classified in order to facilitate the analysis step that will follow during the current year. The team will continue to collect data until the spring of 2016, where a total of six organizations will have been met.

We would like to point out that the work in progress in this three-year project (2015-2018) is possible thanks to the grant obtained from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).