As we continue to develop Integrate, research and evaluation becomes crucial in understanding and developing the Integrate model.

Integrate, as with all mental health interventions, is a work in progress – as its developed in line with research. Evaluating the effectiveness of Integrate is crucial for giving the best to our young poeple, and for the model’s future adoption by statutory services.

We need to be ready for the next part of the MAC-UK journey by building the evidence-base for our approach. We are ready for this thanks to our research and evaluation partners.

Our partners

Anna Freud Centre and University College London. The Anna Freud Centre and the Research Department of Clinical Educational and Health Psychology within University College London are two leading centres for the development and delivery of mental health promotion and treatment services. Within MAC-UK’s research and evaluation we are honoured to have the support and contribution of outstanding Professors and academics from these institutions.

Prof. Peter Fonagy, Dr. Peter Fuggle, Prof. Chris Barker and Dr.Dickon Bevington provide their time and expertise in developing the clinical and research aspects of the Integrate model. As leaders in their fields, MAC-UK has welcomed their input into the development of our work.


The theoretical and evidence-based underpinnings of Integrate include:

  • Attachment theory and a mentalisation-based approach. Resources and references to publications on these can be found here .
  • Community psychology theory and values. References and resources on these can be found here and here.
  • Lifespan developmental psychology. References and resources on these can be found here.
  • Academic papers referring to the Integrate model. References and resources will be available in the near future.

Centre for Mental Health

The Centre for Mental Health is our external research partner independently funded to evaluate the Integrate model across the different pilot sites.

Within its Criminal Justice Programme, the Centre for Mental Health is pioneering the development and evaluation of service provision for offenders who may have mental health needs. The links between offending, mental health, social exclusion and lack of employment opportunities are clear within their research and undoubtedly the Centre’s expertise will bring new insights for the Integrate model. Find out more about the Centre for Mental Health’s work for offenders.

Research Expert Advisory Panel

An expert advisory panel made up of leading experts in the gang, offending and mental health fields, oversees MAC-UK’s research strategy. We are enormously grateful to the following individuals for their participation and leadership in this area:

Prof. Dame Sue Bailey OBE, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Prof. Peter Fonagy, University College London

Prof. John Pitts, University of Bedfordshire

Prof. Chris Barker, University College London

Dr. Stephen Butler, University College London

Andy Newsam, Youth Justice Board

Our thanks to Prof. Michael Marmot, University College London for agreeing to advise us on an ad hoc basis.

Our Youth Research Consultants are trained and employed by MAC-UK and their contribution is invaluable. Making evaluation relevant to young people is core to the success of the research. Integrate staff have learnt huge amounts from Youth Research Consultants and they formed a bridge between young people and the academic world.


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