Evaluation of Pregnancy in Mind
We want to learn if Pregnancy in Mind improves:
- levels of depression and anxiety
- quality of relationship between partners
- parents’ relationship with the unborn baby.
How we’re evaluating this service
We’re evaluating Pregnancy in Mind using both qualitative and quantitative data through three phases. This will allow us to explore the overall experience of the practitioners and families taking part in the service, as well as measure its effect on parental mental health and relationships.
Phase 1: formative evaluation
A formative evaluation of the programme was carried out in 2015/16. It assessed the feasibility of implementing Pregnancy in Mind in its early days and how parents responded. Findings were shared with the programme team and the programme model adapted accordingly.
Phase 2: process evaluation
This evaluation focused on the implementation of the new model, identifying what worked in successful delivery, how parents and referrers viewed the updated model, and whether parents’ outcomes and experiences supported the underlying theory of change.
> Read the process evaluation report
Phase 3: effectiveness testing
In 2021, we hope that an impact or outcomes study will help us determine the effectiveness of Pregnancy in Mind in achieving its desired outcomes for parents. During this phase, validated and reliable questionnaires will be given to parents when they start and finish the programme. Statistical analyses of scores will then explore whether there are changes and what might affect these.