In 2022, ImROC (Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change) commissioned Matter of Focus to undertake an independent evaluation of their Peer Support Theory and Practice course.

ImROC is an English mental health support and development organisation. A significant part of the work of ImROC is the design and delivery of training for peer support workers employed in voluntary and statutory services, primary care and secondary care, for long term conditions including mental health problems. Core to this training is the Peer Support Theory and Practice course.

This evaluation sought to understand and explore how this training contributes to trainees going on to thrive in their roles as peer supporters. It found overwhelming evidence that the training is effective and can make a difference in the way outlined in the theory of change for the majority of trainees.

You can download the report below to learn more about the course, how ImROC navigated the challenging context in which peer supporters work, and how well the evidence we found supports the theory of change we helped them set out using our software OutNav.

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