In 2016, Urbis completed a three-year evaluation and monitoring study of Partners in Recovery (PIR) – a Commonwealth Government initiative that provides care coordination for 20,000 people with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as support for their families and carers.

This large evaluation project has helped the Department of Health determine if this ambitious program has improved the lives of individuals and the quality of the surrounding service system.

The PIR Evaluation and Monitoring Project demonstrates the critical role of evaluation in informing public sector decision-making.

The Partners in Recovery initiative has assisted participants in areas such as housing security, physical health, psychological support, and social connection, and there is significant evidence the program has created positive outcomes in a range of domains for individuals.

Urbis has worked with Commonwealth Department of Health to provide advice on the findings of the evaluation, demonstrating the vital importance of evaluation in informing public policy and improving community wellbeing.