Our Minds Matter is proud to ground our work in the latest research. But how do we know, with confidence, that our program works? The answer lives in the data and evidence. We are constantly gathering data and evidence, by conducting research into our own work, to ensure our programming applies the best practices of suicide prevention research in the most impactful and effective way.
Behind every data point is a teen, a community, a life, and a valuable story. We see measurement and evaluation as an ethical obligation to ensure our programs are designed, delivered, assessed, and sustained to maximize the benefit of our program for the teens we serve.
Each year, we conduct a thorough program evaluation to deepen our understanding about the impact of the OMM model. We collect quantitative and qualitative data from teens, student leaders, and adult sponsors, and use it to evaluate the extent to which OMM meets its objectives, as well as for internal data-informed decision-making.
The power of data lives in the story it tells. Here are some highlights from our latest findings, based on our analysis of our 2022-23 End-of-Year Survey (i.e. “Exit Poll”):
This groundbreaking finding helps illustrate the mechanism behind how the OMM program works and confirms our theory of change.
Want to learn more about our findings? Access the full 2022-23 End-of-Year Program Evaluation Report here:
Please email our Director of Impact, G Wei Ng, Ph.D., with any questions regarding OMM program evaluation or research.
Our goal is to establish OMM as a certified, best practice evidence-based program. To this end, we are invested in developing productive partnerships with external researchers to yield independent research outputs and contribute to the broader scientific community.
Since 2021, we have partnered with Dr Jordan Booker from the University of Missouri to research the use of peer-support models in youth suicide prevention programming. Dr. Booker received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Virginia Tech and completed postdoctoral training at Emory University. His research spans topics of emotion, personality, and identity development across adolescence and into early adulthood. He often incorporates autobiographical and family storytelling methodologies to address how people manage emotions, express personality, and build an integrated identity.
You can read Dr. Booker’s latest findings here: 2022-2023 IRB Outcome Evaluation Study
In the coming year, we are expanding this research to measure the mental and social health outcomes of students at OMM schools compared with those at non-OMM schools in the same district. This study, with rigorous research design, will contribute to the body of evidence supporting upstream, school-based peer-led models for youth suicide prevention. And it will offer deeper insight into how OMM clubs help change school cultures around mental health to improve mental well-being for all.
OMM proudly presented our poster at the 2023 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health in New Orleans! Read more and learn about our interesting findings here…