Evaluation of Leicestershire Police Integrated Vulnerability and Mental Health Management Initiative


The EMPAC Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection Network have been asked to complete an evaluation of the Leicestershire Police Integrated Vulnerability and Mental Health Management Initiative. The initiative consists of 6 work streams with the evaluation focusing specifically on 4 of these as below:

  1. Identification of clients;
  2. Generating a multi-agency support team to manage and support clients;
  3. Community volunteer and expert by experience support function;
  4. Mental health community and partnership engagement and education strategy


In addition, the evaluation will explore the views and experiences of clients with regards to the multi-agency support team and initiative.


The evaluation is key to providing an evidence-base for what works in relation to partnership working, multi-agency support hubs (MASH), and supporting vulnerable clients with mental health needs. It also evaluates MASH in the operational context.


Research questions


  • What are the functions of the initiative for integrated vulnerability and mental health management, and the adoption of the process?
  • What are the drivers and barriers encountered in the adoption of the process?
  • Is there is an improvement in the understanding of vulnerability and mental health management? And is it perceived as delivering improvements in integrated working?
  • What sort of people are identified and referred by various partners and how is ‘risk’ assessed?
  • How are the relationships between various partners built and sustained?
  • What are the tiers of classification regarding vulnerability and victims and how do these work in practice?




  • Process evaluation
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Experience mapping


Timeline of activity


Project plan summary Proposed timeframe
Set-up meetings with leads and present evaluation to partners at initiative launch eventJune – July 16
Evaluation tool developmentJune – July 16
Fieldwork data collection at all sites: Time 1Aug – Sept 16
Update to analytic toolsSept 16
Analysis of Time 1 dataSept – Oct 16
Brief presentation of Time 1Nov 16
Update Evaluation toolsDec 16
Fieldwork data collection at all sites: Time 2Jan – March 17
Present first phase of findings at EMPAC annual conferenceMarch 17
Analysis of Time 2 data and synthesis with Time 1March – April 17
Plan reportMay 17
Write reportJune – July 17
Submit reportAug 17