NEW Seeding Grants – Applications now open
New CMHDARN Innovation and Evaluation Grant 2019-2020
What are experience and outcome measures telling us about the services we deliver?
In the community managed Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs sectors people’s experiences of services and outcome measures are important priorities for evaluation. In the context of dynamic funding environments, how knowledge is gathered from clients/consumers or carers and how measures are used to constructively to inform service delivery is of great interest.
MHCC and NADA members are invited to submit an application for an Innovation and Evaluation grant that explores cross-sectoral findings on three or more of the following topics:
- Experience, outputs or outcome measures – determining which ones will tell us what we need to know
- What tools best demonstrate client experiences regarding programs and services
- Evaluate how service experience and outcome measures minimise organisational and professional preconceptions
- Evaluate the way in which context and environment impacts the information gathered
- Evaluate the translation of findings from client experience and outcome measures into practice
- Evaluate how reflective practice is embedded into responses to peoples experience of service provision
Time frame – 1 year, commencing August 2019
Applicants must be able to demonstrate cross-sector collaboration and partnerships with other organisations and/or universities to undertake the project.
The successful applicant will be offered an academic mentor as well as support of the CMHDARN coordinator throughout the project. Grant payments will be paid against specific milestones.
Deadline for submissions: 22 JULY 2019
For more information please read the “CMHDARN Innovation and Evaluation Grant 2019-2020 – Guidelines for Applicants” and/or contact Jo at email@example.com
To download the application form – click here
Previous rounds – Seeding Grants
2018/2019 – Round 2
Organisations were invited to submit an Expression of Interest for the CMHDARN Research Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Seeding Grants. These grants provided the opportunity for organisations to conduct a research project that can contribute to an understanding of best practice in relation to any aspect of service delivery across the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors. There were three grants available at $9,000 each.
In order to apply for these research grants, applicants were asked to propose a partnership between two organisations, one being a NADA member and another a MHCC member; with one organisation taking the lead in terms of the application and managing the grant. Alternatively, the Applicant could be a member of both NADA and MHCC and demonstrate that they work across both areas.
CMHDARN is pleased to announce the two successful recipients of the second round of Seeding Grants Program for 2018-19. The projects both investigate the coexisting mental health and substance use issues for the diverse group of clients that access their services and well represent the aims of the Network. For more information click here.
2018/2019 – Round 1
The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) invited organisations to submit an Expression of Interest for the 1st round of CMHDARN Research Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Seeding Grants for 2018-19. Applicants were asked to propose a partnership between two organisations, one being a NADA member and another a MHCC member; with one organisation taking the lead in terms of the application and managing the grant. Alternatively, the Applicant could be a member of both NADA and MHCC and demonstrated that they worked across both areas.
CMHDARN is pleased to announce the successful recipient of the first seeding grant to be made available in 2018-19 as Positive Life NSW (lead agency) together with the NSW HIV Supported Accommodation Program (ADAHPS). Their project seeks to investigate independent living among people with HIV where alcohol or other drug use and moderate to severe mental illness are present. The purpose of this study is to identify lived experience and competencies that enable navigation and stability in housing circumstances. CMHDARN will report on the progress of this project in the near future. We congratulate these two agencies and wish them all the best as they commence their research.
Member organisations from the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA) were invited to apply for the 2017/18 CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants. CMHDARN awarded seeding grants to nine organisations. In their final reports and a recent presentation snapshot of the projects, (which was part of a CMHDARN Symposium program) seeding grant recipients reported that access to grants enabled them to: build their organisation’s research capacity; involve consumers in a co-design and development and evaluation research process; and, conceptualise and promote research into practice in a meaningful way. Most recipients demonstrated that they had identified and collaborated with research partners to assist them with their projects.
An evaluation report of the 2017-18 CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants is available here.