Using participant-oriented research in post-secondary mental health program development and evaluation

This paper aims to describe the program development and evaluation process and reports challenges and lessons learned to inform future implementation strategies for participant-oriented research. This case analysis used the development and evaluation of Roots of Resiliency, an innovative interdisciplinary resilience program, to demonstrate some of the strategies and challenges that exist for participant-oriented research related to mental health in the post-secondary context. Collaborative relationships among the various development team members contributed to an overall positive experience. Some challenges that others who work in post-secondary mental health field may consider include the need for content expertise, the ongoing need for communication among team members and the need for an effective system to give voice to all participants.

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