Looking ‘beyond the role’ – new methods paper on the impact of a collaborative evaluation on the peer evaluators
Involving people with lived experience of mental health problems is central to all our work. One reason for doing this is that it improves the quality of the research. But it can also have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the experts by experience we involve.
We have just published our latest methods review paper “Learning a New Role” which explores the impact of being a ‘survey champion’ as part of the Your Experience in Mind project evaluation local Mind services had on some of those involved. We employed 25 people who had lived experience of mental health problems and using local Mind services to help drive up participation in the survey in their local area. The new paper reports on a series of interviews we carried out exploring how it helped them gain confidence, develop new skills and how it provided a stepping stone for some into further education or towards employment.