CASE STUDY: stakeholder engagement & insight
Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR)
Improving the quality and value of mental health statistics
National review of mental health statistics
In June 2019, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) launched a systemic review of mental health statistics. The aim was to look across the spectrum of mental health statistics in the UK and explore whether the statistical system is providing the information required to support individuals and policy makers. OSR wanted to ensure that national statistics relating to mental health in England meet the current and future needs of those who use them.
In October 2019, Evolving Communities Consultancy was commissioned by the OSR to carry out stakeholder engagement to inform the review. Over a three-month period, we engaged with people from across England who use mental health statistics to learn about their experiences and views of the current statistics landscape and their future needs.
We organised, promoted, and ran a series of four regional focus groups in Bristol, Birmingham, London, and Leeds. We spoke with representatives from charities and the voluntary sector, universities, NHS professionals, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, local authorities, and mental health service users. We also designed and hosted an online survey and carried out one-to-one interviews.
We delivered our report to the OSR in 2020 and it will feed into their final systemic review of mental health statistics in England.