Developing and modeling complex social interventions: introducing the Connecting People Intervention

Martin Webber, Hannah Reidy, David Ansari, Martin Stevens, David Morris

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Objectives: Modeling the processes involved in complex social interventions is important in social work practice, as it facilitates their implementation and translation into different contexts. This article reports the process of developing and modeling the connecting people intervention (CPI), a model of practice that supports people with mental health problems to enhance their social networks.
Method: The CPI model was developed through an iterative process of focus group discussions with practitioners and service users and a two-stage Delphi consultation with relevant experts.
Results: We discuss the intervention model and the processes it articulates to provide an example of the benefits of intervention modeling.
Conclusions: Intervention modeling provides a visual representation of the process and outcomes of an intervention, which can assist practice development and lead to improved outcomes for service users.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • social interventions
  • modelling
  • Mental health

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