MVP How are we doing?

Research and evaluation

MVP was developed in the USA and has been used internationally, including in schools across Scotland, which is the model that the West Midlands is using. However, there are clear differences in Scotland and the West Midlands so there are somethings that are being adjusted to meet the needs the West Midlands. Keele University are carrying out the evaluation for the West Midlands.

With the planned roll-out of MVP to other schools in Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley, Walsall, and Wolverhampton, now is the ideal time to implement a more robust evaluation within the project. It will provide us with much needed information about the potential impact of the project on attitudes and behaviours.

It will address the following research question: What is the impact of the programme on pupils in the participating schools, in terms of their attitudes, behaviour and well-being? It is also important to understand the processes that may enhance or inhibit change. However, this component would be more time intensive and therefore costly. This could be incorporated into future evaluations, with external funding.

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The MVP Programme started to be implemented in the West Midlands approximately 4 years ago and it has been an interesting journey. You can read some of the evidence of this in the first evaluation report.

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The current process

Once the Coordinators have engaged with the schools and there is an agreement that MVP will be implemented within their school, in conjunction with Keele University, we have developed a process that is primarily guidance for everyone involved. This process can be made bespoke to any school so isn’t cast in stone.

Please view our MVP Flow Chart


Performance and progress

MVP is a peer to peer mentoring programme for school students. It works towards a structured delivery plan, which would see the programme become part of school ethos, language and life, delivered through the school curriculum. The aim of the programme is to challenge the thought process of individuals from a bystander perspective and drawing young people away from any form of violence.


JULY 2019 – update

  • MVP now has 2 established West Midland Coordinators
  • Development of the MVP website
  • A schedule of MVP training dates across the West Midlands
  • Strong links with the Police and School Panels, which provide an initial opportunity to engage schools
  • Links with other agencies and third sector partners

OCTOBER 2019 – update

  • As from 2 October 2019, to coincide with the launch of the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) our job titles have changed to West Midlands MVP Development Officers.

Update of impact

The West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance (WMVPA) and MVP

Our approach

The WMVPA brings together partners to work together with the shared understanding that violence and its associated harms are preventable. By adopting a public health approach of identifying and addressing root causal factors, we can reduce violence and improve health, wellbeing and safety across our population. Alliance members do this through implementing evidence based interventions, as well as testing and evaluating new approaches. The Alliance is a member of the World Health Organisation’s global network of Violence Prevention Alliances. The MVP Programme is one of those evidence based interventions.


West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance Governance Board and MVP

The purpose of the Board specifically focusing on MVP is to oversee the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the programme to ensure it can achieve its aims. There are a number of professional experts that input from their professional backgrounds to contribute to the MVP Programme. The Board meets once a quarter throughout the duration of the year.


Board meeting MVP updates

Quarter 1 – September t0 November

Quarter 2 – December to February

Quarter 3 – March to May

Quarter 4 – June to July


Updates and useful information

NHS Violence Prevention Report: View the report

Dr. Claire Fox MVP: View the report