One of the biggest challenges facing victims of torture and those living in emergency contexts is the lack of mental health care and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in the areas that they live. In response, the Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project aims to carry out a set of activities that will strengthen the evidence base and accelerate data liberation and evidence use related to community-level mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) interventions for victims of torture. To achieve this goal, HEARD is supporting four international studies to better understand the effectiveness and implementation of community-level MHPSS interventions, with an emphasis on the PSS intervention components and impacts. This collection of studies spans seven countries in four regions:

South Asia

Middle East

Central and South America


To facilitate connections and coordination across the aforementioned study teams and between study teams and technical and policy partners, HEARD launched a Cross-Study Learning Collaborative. This Learning Collaborative hosts ongoing quarterly meetings, where team members across the different study sites convene to harmonize process and outcome measures, discuss ongoing project progress, and share findings and lessons on implementation and research strategies. It has also established an implementation science collaborative network on MHPSS, which is connected to existing MHPSS communities of practice and networks, and that facilitates real-time research agenda development and implementation science support.