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DfE Community learning mental health research project: Phase two evaluation report

In November 2014 the then Department for Business, Innovations and Skills (BIS) learned that it was to receive up to £20M funding through the Autumn Statement for research to test out if short, non-formal adult community learning (ACL) courses can help people manage and recover from mild to moderate mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

In March 2015, ACL providers covering 62 local authority areas in England learned they were going to be part of this research. And so the story began.

23,000 learners took part between April 2015and August 2015. The project had two distinct phases. This report (written by Ipsos MORI, who were the external evaluators) is the offical DfE end of research report. It presents the findings from phase two, which took place from September 2016 to August 2017.

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Ipsos MORI
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HM Government Department for Education
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