Participate in the Heads Up evaluation as an organisational case study

beyondblue is seeking expressions of interest from organisations who would like to participate in the Heads Up evaluation as an organisational case study.

What is Heads Up?

Heads Up is an initiative of beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance. Launched in May 2014, the initiative aims to build the capacity of industries, workplaces and individuals to know what to do to be mentally healthy. A 'mentally healthy workplace' promotes a positive workplace culture, minimises workplace risks related to mental health, supports people with mental health conditions appropriately and prevents discrimination.

    What is an organisational case study?

    A case study represents an evaluation/research approach that will be used to explore an organisation’s experience of applying the Heads Up principles and tools to create a more mentally healthy workplace.

    Research methods, including an employee survey and interviews with key staff, will be used with case study organisations to learn about how Heads Up is being applied, the benefits that are being realised as well as how beyondblue can improve Heads Up to better assist organisations.

    The information gained through this process will provide valuable insights for the organisation which can be used to plan, monitor and improve their workplace mental health activity.

    What does being a case study involve?

    Being a case study organisation involves an organisation participating in the Heads Up evaluation over a two year period from 2017-2019.  During this time, we ask that the organisation uses the Heads Up principles, tools and resources – as relevant and based on the needs of your organisation. The Heads Up website will be a key supporting resource and you will also have access to a Heads Up engagement manager who can provide guidance on applying the Heads Up principles and tools in the organisation.

    To capture the organisation’s journey in creating a mentally healthy workplace, case study organisations will also be asked to disseminate an employee survey to all staff, annually, over the duration of the evaluation. The employee survey includes questions on knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and awareness of organisational practices and supports related to workplace mental health. The survey also includes questions on self-reported absenteeism, presenteeism as well as employee perceptions of how mentally healthy their organisation is. The survey is designed to capture a benchmark in 2017 which will be used to track an organisation’s progress by comparing these findings with subsequent employee survey results in 2018 and 2019.

    In addition to the annual employee survey, a small number of key staff (approximately four staff) will be asked to participate in an annual one-on-one interview with the evaluator. The purpose of the interviews is to gain insight into some of the barriers and enablers in using Heads Up in organisations as well as understanding each organisation’s journey in creating a mentally healthy workplace. As part of this process, the evaluator may also ask to see organisational documents related to workplace mental health that may help to understand the type of activities that are being implemented (e.g. mental health information on the intranet).  Similarly to the employee survey, the interviews will also be undertaken in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    It's envisaged the 2017 employee survey and interviews will occur in July or August 2017 and at approximately the same time in 2018 and 2019.

    What are the benefits of being a case study organisation?

    There are a number of benefits of being a case study organisation. Firstly, participating organisations will receive a brief dashboard-style report on their annual employee survey findings each year. These findings will be benchmarked against a cross-sectional survey on Australian workers and in 2018 and 2019, the findings will be compared to the organisation’s own benchmark results - established from the 2017 employee survey findings. This will help an organisation to monitor its progress, identify its strengths as well as opportunities for improvement in relation to workplace mental health.

    Secondly, throughout an organisation’s journey, case study organisations will have access to all the Heads Up resources and a Heads Up engagement manager who can assist the organisation with determining the types of activities that may be useful in creating a more mentally healthy workplace, tailored to the organisation’s context.

    Finally, participation in the organisational case study component is free. This means that organisations will have access to staff survey findings from 2017-2019, conducted by an independent evaluator, at no direct cost to the organisation as well as receive valuable guidance from the Heads Up engagement manager.     

    How will the data captured through the survey and interviews be stored?

    beyondblue and research company Kantar Public appreciate the sensitive nature of this research, and would like to assure organisations that data collected by the evaluators will remain fully anonymous and confidential. Kantar Public is a member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society and is bound by strict privacy principles. No data collected in this evaluation project will be linked to specific businesses or individuals.

    How can my organisation get involved?

    To register interest in being an organisational case study, please complete the expression of interest form below and submit it by Friday 9 June. If beyondblue receives more expressions of interest than places to participate in the evaluation, a selection process will occur. Selection will be based on ensuring variety and diversity in organisations who participate (e.g. organisations of different sizes, industry etc.). 

    We will contact you following your expression of interest to update you on the selection process.

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    Please note: Some organisations may be early in their journey and still working this out.