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Our reports

This page contains links to the reports we have published. If you want to know more about a specific project please look at the relevant project page in the ‘Our Work’ section of the website. Project pages also provide links to blogs and peer reviewed papers McPin Staff have written based on our work.

Please scroll down to see our research reports on:

  • Peer support in the community – values and impact
  • Wellbeing interventions – theory of change and impact evaluations
  • Support after suicide – how to evaluate your project?
  • Peer mentoring – impact on mentees and mentors
  • Peer health coaching – pilot evaluation
  • Personal wellbeing mapping – full report and briefing papers
  • Research activities in mental health NHS Trusts
  • Crisis Care Concordat evaluation
  • Global mental health – innovations within the NGO sector.

If you have any questions, think something is missing, or would like to use some of our work please contact us.

Kent County Council’s Mental Wellbeing Programme

We produced a number of reports based upon a 2 year evaluation of wellbeing programmes. They all contain a theory of change model and a review of impact. Do take a look!

Improving Mental Wellbeing in Kent: Evaluation of Kent County Council’s Mental Wellbeing Programme

Improving Mental Wellbeing in Kent: Evaluation of Kent County Council’s Mental Wellbeing Programme [Summary]

Improving Mental Wellbeing in Kent: Evaluation of the Primary Care Link Workers Service

Improving Mental Wellbeing in Kent: Evaluation of the Kent Sheds project

Improving Mental Wellbeing in Kent: Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid

Kent Mental Wellbeing Programme Evaluation: Concept Mapping Report

Kent Mental Wellbeing Programme Evaluation: Concept Mapping Report [Summary]

Suport After Suicide

This is a guide produced by Public Health England which we were commissioned to scope and write. We spoke to lots of projects to understand how they approached the evaluation of their service. It is written for services providing support to people bereaved by suicide but would be useful for any voluntary sector project considering how to go about the task of evaluating a project or service and learning from the experience.

Support After Suicide: Evaluating Local Bereavement Support Services

Side by Side: A National Evaluation of Peer Support

We completed in 2017 an evaluation of community based peer support, jointly with St George’s University of London. It was commissioned by Mind, and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Several reports were produced and a toolkit.

There are two short summaries:

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This report is a full summary of the evaluation and includes an afterword from our peer research team:

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Finally the full report is also available – its over 400 pages long! side-by-side-final-impact-evaluation report

Mental Health Peer Health Coaching

We were commissioned in 2017 to evaluate a pilot study introducing peer coaching into a primary care setting. The project was designed and delivered by peers, and we drew on a peer research model within the evaluation as well.

Mental Health Peer Health Coaching Initiative – Evaluation

Peer Mentoring Service at Camden VoiceAbility – A Qualitative Evaluation

We were commissioned to explore the experience of mentors and mentees involved in a project run by the charity Voiceability based in Camden. Our report is available below.

Camden VoiceAbility Peer Mentoring Programme

Everywhere and everyone included? Research in NHS Mental Health Trusts in England

Our first piece of policy research was launched in 2017. We wanted to look at the spread of research activity across England and explore if there was any link to NHS patient care quality indicators. What we found is written into our report below:

Everywhere and everyone included? Research in NHS Mental Health Trusts in England

 

Wellbeing Networks and Mental Health

We have been working on wellbeing networks research for the past 5 years, and recently had a peer review paper published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The research we carried out has led us to setting up pilot projects using wellbeing mapping to support recovery focused practice. Our full report and a summary is provided below.

Improving community health networks for people with severe mental illness: a case study investigation [Formal Research report produced for the NIHR]

Wellbeing networks and asset mapping: Useful tools for recovery focused mental health practice [Briefing Paper]

 

 

Beat Stress Evaluation Report

We were commissioned by Men’s Health Forum in 2017 to look at data generated in web chats, to explore how men talk about mental health. They were keen that we made this report public and it can be found below.

Beat Stress Evaluation Final Report

Driving Change: Global mental health report

One of the first reports that the Foundation produced was a summary of interviews with NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) around the world about their role in mental health innovation for a health summit organised by the Qatar Foundation. What we found is summarised in the report below:

Driving Change Experiences of non-governmental organizations in the provision of mental health services across the world

 

Birth Companions

We were commissioned by the charity Birth Companions in 2014 to evaluate the impact of their link worker scheme on women. We developed a theory of change as part of this work for the organisation and had an advisory group of women who had been supported by the charity  assisting us in the project. Read what we found below:

Evaluation of Birth Companions’ Community Link Service

Evaluation of Birth Companions’ Community Link Service [Executive Summary]

 

Crisis Care Concordat evaluation

The crisis care concordat was rolled out across the country, supported by the charity Mind, and we explored the experience of being involved in four case study areas. Our final report was:

Evaluation of the Crisis Care Concordat implementation: Final Report

Evaluation of the Crisis Care Concordat Implementation Final Report: [Summary]

SLaM’s Wheel of Wellbeing Evaluation

We have started doing more work with organisations who are interested in using a Theory of Change framework to help them develop their services, and design appropriate evaluation plans to learn lessons from planning, doing and reviewing. One example of this is working with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Developing a Theory of Change for the SLaM ‘Wheel of Wellbeing’

100 people: Evaluation of Employment Support

We were asked to evaluate the Centre for Mental Health’s IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Support) employment project in London. We worked with a peer researcher to collect data to understand the impact of specialist employment support provided through job centre plus and people first. read what we found here:

Project 100: Evaluation of a model of Individual Placement Support delivered through DWP employment services [Full Report]

Project 100: Evaluation of a model of Individual Placement Support delivered through DWP employment services [Summary Report]

 

My Support Broker, Evaluation

Funded by NESTA, My Support Broker asked us to evaluate a peer brokerage model that developed personalised support plans with clients. We worked with two peer researchers and had to change our approach during the evaluation. Our story and what we found is provided in the reports below:

An Evaluation of My Support Broker: Volume 1 Final Report

An Evaluation of My Support Broker: Volume 2 Research Data and Analysis

A service user evaluation of IAPT for people with a severe mental illness

Funded by NHS England, we were asked to carry out a user-focussed evaluation of six IAPT pilot sites (Improved Access to Psychological Support). We worked with peer researchers to collect interview data. Our findings were:

Evaluation of service user experiences of talking therapy services [Summary Report]

A Service User Evaluation of the IAPT for SMI Demonstration Sites