Throughout the recruitment phases of the study we’ve had a great deal of interest amongst the participating agencies of how recruitment is going across the diverse agencies and target populations. We have heard from practitioners how recent changes in policy are reflected by additional pressures in their work and we acknowledge that such pressures impact the recruitment and implementation of the CPI model. In spite of these pressures, 16 agencies across the study are doing fantastically well to recruit participants!
Data on the first 84 baseline interviews indicates we have recruited 60 adults with mental health problems, five older adults (over 65yrs) with functional mental health problems, and 19 adults with a learning disability.
We thought it would be interesting (and fun!) to break these figures down and look at how recruitment is coming along based on the goals we set with each agency at the start of the study. Recruitment aims were based on the number of new referrals and capacity of staff when the agencies agreed to take part in the study. These aims are crucial to the success of the study, in order to find meaningful results in our diverse sample.
To date, one agency has exceeded their recruitment aim by 40%. Six agencies are at least halfway toward meeting recruitment goals, four agencies have recruited 20-40%, and three agencies are at 10-15% of intended recruitment. We have just over one month to continue baseline interviews with participants who are interested in the Connecting People Intervention Study.
Recognising the immense pressure that staff members are under, we are working with agencies individually to find strategies that support recruitment despite these limitations. We are curious to hear from you, how do you think practitioners might be supported to recruit participants to the CPI study in next month?