Evaluating Peer Providers
H. Stephen Leff, Ph.D., Jean Campbell, Ph.D., Cheryl Gagne, Lawrence Woocher
This working paper discusses issues related to evaluation of mental health services provided by peers also referred to as consumers/survivors/ex-patients. The first section of the paper offers a desired research process, combining participatory approaches to evaluation with traditional evaluation methods. The second section presents a conceptual model of research content for guiding future research on the effectiveness of peer providers. In presenting this model, the authors also discuss the research to date on its variables to suggest useful starting points for original research.