Bridging the Gap: Optimising implementation of evidence in children and young people’s mental health

What is this project?

The Bridging the Gap project aims to gain a better understanding of what facilitates and inhibits the uptake of mental health interventions in practice.

With this knowledge the team will then co-develop several outputs, including a validated tool, which will be used to measure the barriers in practice in different contexts and settings, as well as recommendations on how to develop successful implementation strategies.

Why is this project important?

Despite many efforts to increase service accessibility and a rapid increase in the number of interventions available for young people, mental health outcomes remain suboptimal.

This is due to the complex process involved with the implementation of evidence-based approaches into practice and an array of barriers faced by mental health providers during this process, which hinder the adoption of established evidence-based practice.

How are McPin and people with lived experience of mental health problems involved?

The research team at the University of Oxford will be working alongside two lived experience, young people co-researchers from the McPin foundation to investigate factors which impede the implementation of research into practice.

The team aims to achieve this by using a theoretically informed survey to gather case study data in the implementation of evidence-based practice in children and young people’s mental health settings, as well as using qualitative research methods to gain a deeper understanding of the stakeholders’ experiences and perspectives to better understand the successes and failures of research implementation.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the project, you can contact the project lead Holly Bear from the University of Oxford by emailing