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Evaluating Home Visiting Programs
These resources offer examples of program evaluations and provide information on evaluating the effectiveness of home visitation programs.
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presents the results of a research review that assessed the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting program models designed for families with pregnant women and children up to age 5. The website provides program model reports, outcome domain reports, implementation profiles, a study search tool, and more.
Cross-Site Evaluation of the Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting Grantees
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
Presents numerous reports from ongoing efforts to evaluate 17 federally funded grantees implementing evidence-based home visiting programs in their communities.
Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation Measurement Brief: Selecting Data Collection Measures for MIECHV Benchmarks (PDF - 393 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (2011)
Focuses on the selection and development of performance measures or indicators to achieve an array of goals such as improving maternal and child health, parenting practices, school readiness, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect as they relate to legislatively mandated benchmark areas.
Do Nurse Home-Visiting Programs Have Lasting Benefits for Mothers and Children? (PDF - 178 KB)
National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation (2008)
Summarizes the results of a study on the effects of nurse home visitations on maternal and child functioning, finding that high-quality programs can have beneficial effects on families and improve children's achievement.
Early Childhood Home Visitation: Effectiveness of a National Initiative Depends Critically on Adherence to Rigorous Evidence About "What Works" (PDF - 1680 KB)
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (2009)
Summarizes findings from rigorous evaluations of eight widely implemented home visiting models, and recommends that policymakers support scaling up models that meet the high standards outlined by the National Academy of Sciences.
Evaluating Infrastructure Development in Complex Home Visiting Systems
Hargreaves, Cole, Coffee-Borden, Paulsell, & Boller (2013)
American Journal of Evaluation, 34(2)
Outlines a mixed-methods approach to systems-change evaluation and offers a case study of how evidence-based health and human service delivery models have been used to evaluate the development of system infrastructure supporting the implementation, spread, and sustainability of evidence-based home visiting projects.
Impacts of Early Childhood Programs (PDF - 850 KB)
Summarizes existing evidence on five early childhood interventions, finding that most have had positive effects on children's emotional and behavioral outcomes.
Key Components of a Successful Early Childhood Home Visitation System: A Self-Assessment Tool for States (PDF - 181 KB)
ZERO TO THREE (2010)
Helps States define the home visiting system, assess the home visiting system's capacity, and prioritize areas for improvement. The tool can be used for ongoing assessment and continuous quality improvement.
Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully
Offers an online database of program evaluations across various domains of child well-being that target children from birth to early adulthood. Programs include early childhood education and home visiting.
New Opportunities and Directions in Home Visiting Research and Evaluation
Supplee, Harwood, Margie, & Meyer (2013)
Zero to Three, 33(3)
Describes the research and evaluation activities connected to the new Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, the goals of which are to provide information on Federal, State, and local efforts to strengthen programs by providing much needed knowledge on the best ways to support the implementation of home-visiting programs with families, home visitors, supervisors, organizations, and others.
A Profile of Healthy Start: Findings From Phase I of the Evaluation 2006
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS) (2006)
Profiles Healthy Start grantees, how they implement programs, and the characteristics, activities, and results they achieve.
Programs That Work: Home Visiting
Promising Practices Network
Links to proven and promising home visitation programs, including a program overview; implementation, evaluation, and funding information; sample sites; contact information; resources; and more.
The Role of Home-Visiting Programs in Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Howard & Brooks-Gunn
Future of Children, 19(2), 2009
Synthesizes evaluation results of nine home visiting programs, finding that the programs have their greatest benefits for low-income, first-time adolescent mothers. The article includes suggestions for how to make home visiting programs have their maximum impact.
What Works for Home Visiting Programs: Lessons From Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions (PDF - 597 KB)
Kahn & Moore (2010)
Synthesizes findings from 66 random assignment experimental evaluations of various home visiting programs in order to identify programs that work and the intervention strategies that contribute to program success. The study found 32 programs had positive impacts on at least one outcome, 23 had mixed reviews, and 11 were not proven to work.