Supporting policy engagement for the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN)
MHIN works with 64 mental health projects across Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as the broader global mental health community. This project, funded by Grand Challenges Canada and managed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organisation, aims to:
- Support understanding of challenges and opportunities for mental health as a policy issue.
- Review appropriate policy engagement strategies.
- Extract and share lessons from the experiences of network members.
The project runs from June 2014 to November 2016 and has five parts:
- To produce a report mapping the context of policy-making processes within the global mental health sector and recommending engagement strategies.
- Country visits to priority projects, helping to map local context and develop tailored policy engagement plans.
- A series of workshops to improve mental health policy-maker and researcher skills, and helping capture successes and failures in mental health research uptake to share across the network.
- An analysis of the mental health donor context post-2015, mapping new players, strengths and upcoming policy windows.
- To produce a toolkit for MHIN teams to maximise their policy influence.
This project contributes to RAPID’s third outcome, making developing organisations smarter.