iheart is delighted to announce the significant award of National Lottery funding to conduct much-needed independent research into the impact of our schools’ resilience programme on young people. The funding enables us to partner with Youthsight – the UK’s leading research company within the youth market – to evaluate our programme over the next 6 months.
Acting as independent researchers, Youthsight are devising a short survey that will be administered via electronic tablets to all 500+ participants in London schools, both before and after the 10 session iheart programme. In order to assess longer-term impact, the same questionnaire will be administered 4 months after completion of the programme. In addition to this robust gathering of quantitative evidence, Youthsight will also be conducting post-programme qualitative interviews with both students and teachers, analysing key school data and measurements, and carrying out a control group study at the same time. When the entire study is complete, we intend to present a comprehensive report of iheart’s impact in 5 key outcome areas of young people’s mental health and resilience.
As iheart’s reach continues to expand both within the UK and internationally, we hope that our constantly increasing body of trained facilitators and participating schools will be able to benefit from this robust research and evaluation process. We are extremely grateful to the National Lottery for such a generous Development Grant, which is a timely contribution to iheart’s commitment to establishing a credible evidence base for our current and future work.