Introducing the Peel Youth Collaborative Mental Health Research Strategy: Sharing our lessons learned in fostering a collaborative approach to research
The Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI, http://www.pcyi.org) is leading an innovative and ground breaking collaboration with researchers from eight different community organizations, supported by Peel’s Catholic and Public School Boards and local post-secondary institutions. This mixed method study on the mental health and well-being of youth ages 14-24 will provide new insights on how young people in the Region of Peel view mental health and the kind of supports they value most.
The Peel Youth Collaborative Mental Health Research Strategy is the first time partners from eight different sectors have shared in a single research project--including the design, plans for data analysis and dissemination strategies, both within their own organizations and across the community. Although the research strategy is just being launched, sharing the methods and processes we used to get to this point may help other communities to consider how they might try a more collaborative approach to community based research.
PCYI will share the findings from this research in early 2017, but there are already many lessons learned. The following paper is meant to assist those interested in harnessing their communities’ ability to work together on strong local research.
Download Finally: A Truly Collaborative Approach to Community Based Research in Peel at http://pcyi.org/download/1349/.