At Black Thrive, we believe that data is really powerful in showcasing where the issues are and where change is happening.
Black Thrive is working in partnership with community members, researchers, Public Health and services to better understand and collate all of the existing data (both quantitative and qualitative) on mental health inequities in Lambeth.
Throughout the 5 years, the Steering Committee and Working Groups will be using data collected from across Lambeth to inform the actions they believe will deliver positive outcomes. Black Thrive aims to make the data as accessible as possible by reporting and sharing the data externally to the wider community to create a shared understanding of the issue being addressed as well as any progress being made.
Public Health Lambeth are the partners who will hold the data for Black Thrive. Their role is to gather data already existing, including health data from statutory services and the voluntary sector as well as data collected on education, housing and employment. The team will develop a baseline – a measure of what the data says about Lambeth now, before Black Thrive has launched. This will highlight to the Working Groups key areas of inequality and enable them to direct their efforts to areas where change is most required. Over the 5 years, Public Health Lambeth will collect updated data from across organisations to report on if and how progress has made through reporting on key indicators that are reflective of the outcome that is being targeted.
For example, an outcome within the Experience group will be to ensure that individuals from black communities and their families feel safe, supported, listened to and empowered when using services, one example of an indicator that will be measured to show this is a reduction in the use of physical restraint for individuals from black communities.
Black Thrive hope to demonstrate, through the data, the impact that the activities of Black Thrive and other initiatives in Lambeth are having on improving mental health equality for Black communities within the borough. This kind of rigorous data and shared measurement system that tracks progress for all organisations can break down barriers to understanding the problem, enable a dialogue that can inform shared priorities, and point to whether success if being achieved.
The measurement system is shared because the expectation is that various organisations as well as communities and individuals will contribute data and information, and these different sources and types of information will be analysed as a whole to build up a rich picture of the impact over time and in different spheres of action.
The information will come from statutory organisations such as Lambeth Council, Lambeth CCG (LCCG), South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), the police, and from community and voluntary organisations working in the borough who collect data. We also expect to undertake more qualitative enquiry direct from local people about their experiences that will also contribute to the measurement system. In addition there is information available at national level and from research that will be relevant in, for instance, gauging what we might expect to see as a result of our actions and to make comparisons between Lambeth and elsewhere.
Furthermore the measurement system is shared because the intention is that the analysis will be as open and transparent as possible to all. The aim is that all interested parties will be able to look at the findings and consider for themselves what progress has been made.