National Voices compiled information from more than 1000 studies to help organisations and commissioners make decisions about investing in peer support. It shows that peer support can take many forms, such as informal telephone calls, group get-togethers, online forums or structured training offered by paid peers in partnership with professionals.
Generic health concerns but not condition specific
This report reflects on the value of peer support and shares case studies and practical insights from ten organisations who, through the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, have worked to grow and spread their activities to many more people across England. The focus was on moving peer support from pockets of good practice to being delivered at scale and in more impactful ways. The report then summarises the trends and lessons learned from all ten case studies about how to deliver peer support across a range of conditions and with very different groups of people.
This guide contains tips for developing peer support. The booklet was written based on lessons learned during the facilitation of Evaluation Exchange; a time-limited peer support network created in Scotland. It aimed to help organisations in the social services sector to learn from and support each other to undertake evaluations of the services and support they provide. It also gives suggestions that may be helpful for those wanting to expand into different areas or different types of support.
This report examines how public services can become more open and engage citizens more actively. This includes social action in the form of peer support in healthcare settings as well as various other forms of social engagement. The report looks at the challenges public services can have when engaging volunteers and the public in this way and encourages more action to be taken. The report looks at evidence and challenges around evidence in particular.
This resource is a study of peer support programmes in New Zealand, (including Maori orientated services) and discusses how some programmes have developed over time. While the study was not designed to measure the effectiveness of peer support it does include qualitative evidence that can show the effectiveness of peer support. The study also looks at common risks and issues peer support groups face, how the peer support programme links in with the wider health system and discusses how peers support is strengths-based and recovery focused.
This guide has curated evidence-based, field-tested tools and practices from peer support programmes from around the world. It aims to assist the development, implementation, evaluation, enhancement, and sustainability of peer support programmes. The guide is organized into five parts: What Is Peer Support, Program Development, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, and Program Sustainability. It also has a subsection specifically on financial and cost management. Each of the five parts stands on its own and provides recommendations, resources, and considerations.