Evaluating the impact of MindMatters at the school level

Year: 2006

Author: Hazell, Trevor

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The successful adoption of new health promotion programs in secondary schools takes time and perseverance, even more so when they address an issue such as mental health. A fifteen-school case study design has been used to determine the impact secondary schools' adoption of MindMatters. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods have been used. Schools were studied over a three-year period to allow schools adequate time to implement the program and for any impacts of the program to emerge.

This paper will describe the research methods and present evidence of the impact of MindMatters on students, staff and on the school itself. Factors that characterise more successful adoption will be identified.