Our services

What we offer

The McPin Foundation team is a group of experts on mental health research and public and patient involvement (PPI) in research. We can help you with any aspect of research and evaluation methodologies or involvement practices. We have been working as a specialist in this sector for nearly 5 years. Specifically we can support you by:

  • Creating a bespoke evaluation strategy to help you evidence the impact of your work;
  • Working with your team to plan how you can implement evaluation in your service and project – particularly involving people with mental health problems in the process;
  • Develop research proposals with you and your partners and submit these to funders;
  • Plan a strategy for PPI – how to involve patients and the public in a research study (including young people);
  • Provide peer research training (also known as service user research, user-led research, peer research);

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We have a strong track record in mental health 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.

All our work adheres to our core values and our consultancy services help us deliver our mission to transform mental health research. In all our work we:

  • Involve the voice of people with expertise from experience – that is mental health service users, carers and others with relevant lived experience of the topic being researched.
  • seek to build capacity – our own and other organisations  – to do better research involving experiential knowledge.
  • Develop creative methodologies and approaches to evaluation, alongside traditional methods, and test these in the real world
  • Seek to be innovative, reflexive and impactful. We do work to make a real difference.


Some examples of our research and evaluation work:

  • 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 like in Partners2.


Examples of our training

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

  • Developing Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research strategies for funding applications
  • What is co-production in research?
  • What is peer research and user-led research?
  • Basic, intermediate and advanced research methods both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including mixed methods.

We deliver training to students,

Our staff have backgrounds in anthropology, medicine, geography, psychology, social science, peer research, pure science, life sciences and are all passionate about the central place of people with mental health problems in all aspects of our work.


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


Looking to involve Young People in your research?

Are you interested in involving young people in your research? You can send us some information about the opportunity and then we can send it out to our Young People’s Network to help you recruit. Or, if it fits with their current topics of chosen interest, we can invite you along to one of our Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) meetings. For more information, please contact



“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