MTI’s research, evaluation, and policy analysis activities are designed to provide timely information to assist policy makers to make data-based decisions about investments in intervention approaches. The hallmark of MTI’s approach involves establishing close partnerships with key stakeholders in order to ensure the accuracy, relevance, and utility of both quantitative and qualitative evaluation information.
MTI has expertise and experience in applied research in human services, with a particular focus on behavioral health service delivery systems. MTI’s research projects involve multiple methods, including quantitative and qualitative approaches to assess service systems. Most of MTI’s research projects are directed at developing information and technical assistance products that will assist federal, state, tribal, and local agencies and organizations to improve the services provided to children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families.
MTI helps decision makers identify agreed-upon program goals and assess the impact of interventions by carefully designing and conducting assessments and evaluations, as well as interpreting and using evaluation data for continuous quality improvement purposes. Analyses conducted by MTI examine outcomes at multiple levels including the state system level, the local system level, and the child and family level. In addition to exploring these outcomes, MTI’s analyses have focused on the cost implications of interventions and return on investment.
Policy Analysis and Implementation
MTI’s expertise in policy analysis, policy development, and policy implementation assists clients to determine which of various alternative policies will most achieve a given set of goals. From participating at the federal level on the Clinton Health Care Reform Task Force and on the Bush New Freedom Commission on Mental Health to assisting policy makers to analyze current policy and develop and implement new policies, MTI has established its leadership and skill in helping clients to improve service systems. Our policy work is based on a strategic framework for system change developed by Beth Stroul (MTI President). The framework comprises five core strategy areas that are needed to make the systemic changes needed to develop, expand, and sustain effective systems of care – policy and partnerships, services and supports, financing, training and workforce development, and strategic communications. MTI has developed numerous tools to apply this framework to policy analysis and implementation activities.