mates research agenda

MATES in Construction will participate in projects either as instigator or major / participating partner where such projects align with the organisation's strategic priorities and where the project falls within the research themes and priorities identified by the MATES in Construction Academic Reference Group.

To submit research proposals to MATES in Construction please familiarise yourself
with the strategic priorities and use the form provided below.

1. Translation of MATES to different contexts and how it works with different groups
- Gender
- Age
- Cultural groups / ethnicity – ABSTI
- Industries – Mining, Farming
- Locations – Countries, Regional, Rural, Urban, Communities

2. Evaluation of the program and standardised set of data gathering instruments
- Development of key outcomes (e.g., suicide ideation, psychological distress,
suicide attempt / self-harm, productivity outcomes)
- Ensure comparable data collection instruments are used (cross-site comparisons)
- Promote the use of strong research designs and methodologies in research studies

3. Relevance to policy makers and industry
- Use of aggregated MATES evidence of policy change and change within industries
- Ascertain support from key leaders in the field (e.g., academia, industry, policy)
- Return on Investment needed to build the respect for research evidence,
emphasise social license and responsibility to the community, work and safety legislation

4. Promote MATES and related interventions at wider community level
- Ensure that MATES research fits with political research agenda
- Promote MATES to potential partners and funders – including industry, government and community

5. Shared research knowledge and idea's regarding work/industry suicide prevention
- Suicide prevention male dominated industries
- Collaborative projects and grants
- More research on risk factors and protective factors (e.g., work-related risk factors)

6. Secondary or collateral effects spreading from person to person following MIC training
- Supervisor and employee interaction and support (collegiality)
- Secondary workplace outcomes as working conditions
(whether working conditions and civility improve following MIC training)

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES