Launched in early 2018, the overall aim of the Peer Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing pilots was to test how schools, colleges, and Children and Young People’s Community Organisations (CYPCOs) might set up and deliver peer support to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

In October 2017, Ecorys (UK) was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to undertake a process evaluation of the pilot programme. The evaluation was carried out between October 2017 and July 2019, involving a mixed methods research design.