Our services


What we offer

The McPin Foundation team offers a range of expertise in health and social sciences, sociology, public policy, psychology and anthropology. We have a track record in doing research, training and evaluation. We work with a variety of partners including NHS, local authority, charity/social enterprise, university sectors, as well as independent consultants.

We are keen that our consultancy work adheres to our core values.

We aim to:

  • Involve the voice of people with lived experience in all our work.
  • Build capacity of other organisations to do research from lived experience perspectives.
  • Develop creative methodologies and approaches to evaluation and test these in the real world


Research and evaluation

Our work involves the following:

  • Primary research into issues affecting people with mental health problems. For example, our innovative NIHR funded study that explored wellbeing in people with severe mental illness, which has developed a new methodological approach and led to the development of a new wellbeing intervention.
  • Helping partner organisations develop evaluation strategies for upcoming projects and programmes. For example, a Theory of Change framework for the Wheel of Wellbeing (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust).
  • Running evaluations to investigate whether, how and why interventions work. For example, our evaluation of Mind’s Side by Side
  • Developing Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) strategies in collaboration with university-based researchers, through Lived Experience Advisory Panels or by designing nested studies to examine feasibility/acceptability of research procedures.



We provide bespoke training on a range of topics, such as:

  • Applying Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) to research
  • Developing appropriate methodologies for your project or programme
  • Collecting, managing and analysing complex data (qualitative and quantitative)



If you are interested in working with us please get in touch by emailing



“I have worked closely with the McPin Foundation to evaluate a £750k Public Health Mental Health and Wellbeing programme. McPin’s clear methodical approach, founded on Theory of Change development, enabled us to quickly develop an evaluation model that worked. McPin’s report writing throughout has been both informative and accessible, and Kent County Council has built on McPin’s evaluation in its recommissioning of services and support.” Ivan Rudd, Public Health Specialist, Kent County Council


“I have commissioned a number of pieces of work from McPin and have always found them to be collaborative and flexible, taking time to understand my evaluation needs and build a tailored solution.” Tony Coggins, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (Wheel of Wellbeing)


“The Inclusion Team at Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned the McPin Foundation to co-produce a Theory of Change for our Mental Health and Cancer Taskforce. The Taskforce is a co-produced project working in partnership with people affected by cancer and mental health/emotional wellbeing problems to identify the main problems faced by people with this dual lived experience and their ideas for change, both within the NHS and Social Care Systems and outside of these. The McPin Foundation used its experience of working with mental health service users, and the expertise of its peer researchers, to build positive relationships with – and to interview – the members of the Patient/Carer Reference Group who help to steer the Taskforce. McPin facilitated a welcoming and productive workshop with members of the Reference Group where everyone reviewed the draft Theory of Change drafted based on the interview material, and they explained clearly how the interview input had formed the basis of the diagram presented. McPin then facilitated a similar workshop for health and allied health professionals to input into the next draft of the Theory of Change and met all deadlines to produce a final diagram and report. It has been a pleasure working with them on this project.” Macmillan Cancer Support