Past project

Bridging the Gap

Optimising implementation of evidence in children and young people’s mental health

Project overview

The Bridging the Gap project aims to explore the factors which facilitate and inhibit the uptake of young people’s mental health interventions in services.

The team will use this knowledge to co-develop several outputs; the main one being a tool to measure the barriers to accessing services in different situations, and recommendations on how to improve them.

Project details

Despite efforts to increase service accessibility, and a rapid increase in the number of interventions available for young people, mental health outcomes aren’t where we need them to be.

This is due to the complexity of putting evidence-based approaches into practice, as well as multiple barriers faced by mental health providers during this process, which means evidence-based practice adoption is hindered.

The research team at the University of Oxford will be working alongside two lived experience young people co-researchers from McPin to look at what’s preventing services from putting research into practice.

The team aims to achieve this by using a theoretically informed survey to gather case study data on the implementation of evidence-based practice in children and young people’s mental health settings.

It will also use qualitative research methods to gain a deeper understanding of the stakeholders’ experiences and perspectives to better understand the successes and failures of research implementation.

For more information please email [email protected], or the project lead Holly Bear from the University of Oxford on [email protected].

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