Frontier Economics has been asked by the City Mental Health Alliance to develop a consistent set of metrics or indicators that members can use to ‘measure’ mental health and the impacts of mental ill-health on productivity. Frontier’s aim is to ground the work on a solid and robust evidence base, including a comprehensive peer reviewed literature review alongside valuable insights from eight volunteer CMHA members to gain a practical perspective. Frontier is taking forward the work pragmatically to deliver members an easy-to-use tool into which they can log their own company’s data, and use this to track or compare relevant indicators over time.
The project is now approaching the end and the team has:
- Completed a review of the literature on the triggers of mental ill-health in the workplace; how mental ill-health presents in the workplace and the links between mental ill-health and productivity. Thank you to our peer reviewer Helen Davies from Public Health England for her valuable input.
- Interviewed seven CMHA members (we are aiming for eight in total) – many thanks to those that have kindly given their time from Bank of England, Linklaters, Clifford Chance, Lend Lease, Slaughter and May and KPMG, and representatives of two further member organisations. These interviews allowed us to learn about the measures and data that they currently use to identify mental ill-health (eg mental health-related sickness absence); data collected that has potential to be used in new ways; the scope for collecting additional relevant data that could be used; and, the types of measures that would be most useful.
- Held a workshop with the CMHA members involved in the interviews plus the CMHA management team to reflect on what has been learnt from the project and how this work can add most value to members
- Developed a draft toolkit.
The project is due to be completed soon.