Evaluation of the Mental Health Challenge Competition –

Partnership Assessment Survey for Project Teams How we hold and process your information

Wavehill have been appointed by the Office for Students to undertake an evaluation of the Mental Health Challenge Competition. The Programme seeks to support the development of strategic partnerships to support student mental health.

We would like to speak to staff engaged in partnership working as part of a project included in the Mental Health Challenge Competition, to understand your assessment of how your partnerships are currently developing and delivering. This includes staff engaged in the delivery or design of partnerships at strategic level, and delivery staff involved in delivering work under the partnership project.

The information you provide will be used for two purposes:
​ Responses will be used to understand how strategic partnerships are being developed as part of the Mental Health Challenge Competition, which will inform the Programme Evaluation. This will be used to identify common challenges and areas of success to promote shared learning across the Programme. Responses will be used to help individual projects evaluate their partnerships, and understand areas of success and development, where 10 or more responses are provided for the project. Where 10 or more responses are provided in relation to a particular project, we will share average scores for questions with the Lead Provider to enable partnerships to use the responses to inform their own development. We will share this alongside the aggregate average for the Programme, to enable individual partnerships to identify areas of success and areas for development. We will only share the averages; no individual responses will be shared; and no information will be shared in a way that would make individual respondents identifiable. Survey responses will be anonymous. This means that we will not collect any personal data, and as such it will not be possible to exclude survey responses after they have been submitted.

The data you provide will only be used for the purposes of this evaluation. Any personal information collected as part of the evaluation is kept confidential. Your answers to the interview will not be made public in a way that could lead to you being identified. Wavehill will produce a report for the OfS based on the information, which may include quotes, but this will not identify any individuals.

It is also important to note that the team undertaking the evaluation are independent from the Office for Students and the organisations that are involved in the delivery or funding of this project.

Wavehill will delete the information you provide relating to this research within six months of the end of the evaluation. The evaluation is currently anticipated to conclude in March 2022.

If you have any queries regarding the evaluation, please contact Chloe Maughan, who is a member of the programme evaluation team at Wavehill (chloe.maughan@wavehill.com).


Contact information has been provided for Project Leads to enable Wavehill to conduct this evaluation. This information has been shared with Wavehill by the Office for Students.

Under the new data protection legislation, Project Leads have the right: To access their personal data held by the Office for Students To require the Office for Students to correct any mistakes in that data. To (in certain circumstances) object to or restrict processing. For (in certain circumstances) your data to be ‘erased’. To do this please contact Suzy Allinson (Senior Officer for Student Welfare and Safeguarding at the Office for Students) at: suzy.allinson@officeforstudents.org.uk.

Wavehill will not, for the purposes of this survey, collect personal data relating to any other individuals, including survey respondents.


Further information

1. Why is this research happening?
Wavehill has been commissioned by the Office for Students to undertake a programme level evaluation of the Mental Health Challenge Competition.
The Office for Students are interested in understanding how strategic partnerships have developed as a result of the projects and wider programme.

2. What type of information is collected through the survey?
The survey uses a Partnership Assessment Tool to gather quantitative data to understand the effectiveness of the partnership. There are also several opportunities to provide free-text comments.

3. What is personal data?
Personal data means any information that could lead to a person being identified either alone or in combination with other widely-available information, e.g. their name, their address, or details specific to that person.

4. How long will personal data be kept for?
Wavehill will hold personal data during the contract period but will delete it six months after the end of the contract. As the survey is anonymous, and the survey has been shared with Participants via Project Leads, Wavehill only hold personal data for Project Leads.

5. What is the legal basis for collecting and processing the data collected through the survey?
Consent. Your participation in the survey is voluntary.

6. What is the purpose of processing your answers to the survey?
The data is used for research and evaluation purposes only. The data will be analysed to enable the Office for Students to understand how strategic partnerships are developing through the Mental Health Challenge Competition. The data will not be used for commercial or marketing purposes and it will not be used to take make decisions about you as an individual.

7. Who has access to the personal data collected through the survey?
No personal data will be collected through the survey. However, Wavehill will ask you to declare which project in the Mental Health Challenge Competition you are involved in, and what kind of organisation you are part of. This information will be used to understand the differences across Projects, but will not be used to identify you as an individual. Your response will be anonymous.

The anonymous raw responses will be held on Wavehill’s secure systems, and used to produce research reports. The raw responses will not be shared with the Office for Students or any other organisations. This report will not identify any individuals participating in the research and the notes will not be shared with Office for Students or anyone else outside of Wavehill. Wavehill will delete all personal data within six months of the end of the project. Contact Us

Evaluation of the Mental Health Challenge Competition –

Partnership Assessment Survey for Project Teams How we hold and process your information ​ Wavehill have been appointed by the Office for...