Understanding partnerships

What are we exploring?

The Understanding Partnerships team is gathering data to build up an understanding of the current policing practices and their institutional relationships with other agencies in the delivery of mental health services.

The aim of this research stream is to build enough evidence and propose a governance model for North Yorkshire Police aimed to better handle policy-making and policy partnerships.

Part of the team’s methodology consists in one-to-one interviews with stakeholders in processes that involve police involvement with people with mental health issues in North Yorkshire.

The team participates as well in the North Yorkshire’s Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat meetings as participant observers, and keeps records of the role of the police in such meetings, and also on the group’s own processes of decision-making and task management. The team also regularly observe activities at NYP headquarters.

Why is this important?

Our research stream will focus on informing and advising police governance. In this vein, we expect to influence police decision-makers in how to better organise and take advantage of the current and forecasted inter- and intra- organisational procedures when dealing with mental health incidents/users. This would include a suggested change in policy-making procedures and in bureaucratic organisation. We expect these outcomes to be driven by practical approaches to political science such as Institutionalism, Policy Networks, and Governance theories.

In terms of our assessment of how the police identify, record, respond to, refer, and review mental health cases, we will use process improvement approaches to identify problems in the current system and suggest areas for attention and improvement. This part of the research stream will look at removing unnecessary tasks, eliminating constraints through use of technology, and giving front line workers decision making authority analysing it from an operations management perspective.

Who is working on this?
How will the findings be made available?

A brief description of our methodology, theoretical and empirical findings will be added to this page and further information will be:

  • Published in a summary report (link will be made available here)
  • Presented at Partners meetings (presentation will be made available here)
  • Published in full in an academic paper (link will be made available here)

Policy Brief #1 – Austerity, Decentralisation, and Local Governance: Examining Inter-agency Working in Policing and Mental Health

More information

For more information about this research stream please contact Carlos Solar, Department of Politics, University of York.