About the Living Life to the Full Program
Living Life to the Full is an evidence-based, group-based mental health promotion course designed to help people deal with everyday life challenges, by learning better self-management skills using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles. Course content and materials are designed to be suitable for people of all ages –from youth to older adults. In 8 weekly 1.5-hour sessions, the course covers topics such as combatting low mood and isolation, problem-solving, healthy thinking, managing anger and anxiety, and boosting self-esteem. Each session is led by a certified facilitator.
The course was designed to be delivered in person. A virtualization of the course was developed back in March 2020 due to the pandemic Covid-19 and has been used as the primary format since. Both formats will remain in use moving forwards.
CMHA BC holds the exclusive licence to present Living Life to the Full across Canada. CMHA BC is responsible for the training and certification of Living Life to the Full facilitators. CMHA Branches across Canada (course available in 9 provinces and in Yukon), and other strategic partners (Clinics, First Nations Indian Bands), deliver Living Life to the Full courses to the general public or to their specific clientele.
The course was initially developed for adults but it was adapted for Canadian youth by youth in 2014. An initial evaluation of the youth pilot was done in 2014, and the youth course was revised in 2017, to help reach more vulnerable youth. As of today, the youth course, designed for youth 13-18 years, is available in English and in French. Due to the pandemic the program can now be delivered remotely but the in-person format is usually preferred in school settings. Young adults would receive the adult course.
Project to evaluate
In May 2021, CMHA BC received funding to offer the program to youth (13-24 years), to deliver 70 courses over two years (up to March 2023). Courses will be delivered in-person and virtually through BC in different settings, all youth-related: Schools, universities, youth clubs, local CMHA branch, employment agencies, etc.
What we’re looking for
CMHA BC is looking for an external evaluator to:
- Develop and conduct an evaluation to better understand program impact on youth wellbeing (this includes mental health indicators such as WEMWBS…, + confidence level, social connectedness,).
- Advise client on survey structure
- Analyze data collected from Sept 2021 to Dec 2022
- Compare health outcomes based on age group and gender
- Compare the program impact depending on the setting where it is delivered (Schools/University, or through the community (youth clubs, local CMHA branch, employment agencies, etc.)
- Compare the program impact depending on the course format: virtual/in person
- Prepare a final report of findings and recommendations
- June 11, 2021: Proposals due
- June 18, 2020: Consultant chosen
- June 2021: Initial meeting(s) with CMHA BC to discuss evaluation design and approach
- July-August 2021: Evaluation framework development, implementation and data collection tools finalized
- September 2021-Dec 2022 Data collection
- Jan-Mar – Data analysis and provisional findings
- April 2023- Draft report due
- May 2023: Final report due
In your proposal, please include:
- An introduction of yourself, your services, any team members and why you are interested in this project
- A summary of your experience in conducting program evaluation for health programs/interventions. Any previous work in mental health and non-profit or public sectors an asset.
- A high level description of possible evaluation approaches and methods, statistical software that could be used for this evaluation (based on your understanding from the information in this Request for Proposals).
- Your itemized quote for this work, and include any assumptions in your calculation. Meetings will take place over Zoom and videoconferencing software if needed will be covered for you. In your itemized budget, please include hard-costs that you would rely on that may be out of the scope of this contract such as incentives (prize draws, or small incentives per participant).
- Any other assets or experience that would enhance your proposal
- Two references, ideally other non-profits for whom you’ve done similar work. Please include a line about what you did for them, when, and their name, agency, email address and phone number (if they would be willing to share a past evaluation report you did with them, please indicate this too).
Please respond by June 11, 2021 to:
National Manager, Living Life to the Full Program
Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
Electronic submissions in Word or PDF are preferred.
Please contact Anne-Laure Combot regarding any questions related to this RFP.