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Findings

We published an overview of the RECOLLECT 2 Programme here.

What is a Recovery College?

We conducted a systematised review and stakeholder interviews to develop an understanding of mechanisms of action and outcomes for students here and for staff, services and society here. The interviews were co-analysed with lived experience co-researchers using a new collaborative data analysis methodology here. We developed a fidelity checklist and the RECOLLECT Fidelity Measure which is downloadable with translations here, and evaluated the Fidelity Measure in 39 Recovery Colleges here. We explored the characteristics and representativeness of Recovery College students here, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Recovery Colleges here.

Recovery Colleges in England

In 2021 we conducted a survey of all Recovery Colleges in England, in which we identified 88 colleges. The publicly-available contact details of the 68 (77%) Recovery Colleges in England which responded to our survey are listed here. Our survey identified three types of Recovery College here.

Recovery Colleges around the world

We have described how Recovery Colleges are a global innovation here, and have formed the RECOLLECT International Research Consortium. In 2022 we conducted a global survey collecting data from 174 (79%) of the 221 colleges we identified in 28 countries here. Two cultural influences – self-enhancement and ingroup biases – were identified here. We investigated differences in how Recovery Colleges are presented in Japan and England here.