The NHVRC provides a comprehensive look at home visiting through our Yearbook, data profiles, stories, and reference catalog. If you’d like to learn more about home visiting, the resources below are a good place to start.
Home Visiting Programs and Initiatives
- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) jointly administers the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The agency’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has more information about the program.
- The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) partners with HRSA to administer MIECHV. The Early Childhood Development office maintains details about the program online, including efforts around home visiting research and evaluation.
- The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) works to define and advance the national home visiting research agenda. Established in 2012 and supported by MIECHV funding, HARC relies on research to inform policy and practice rather than advocating for a specific home visiting model.
- The Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN) unites participants from select MIECHV grantees and local implementing agencies (LIAs) to pursue improvements in the field. The network is a cooperative agreement between HRSA and Early Childhood Systems.
- The Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives is a member-driven organization that helps states, territories, and tribes effectively implement and improve home visiting programs. Members provide peer-to-peer support and communication to help each other learn from their experiences.
- The Pew Charitable Campaign Home Visiting Project explored cost-effective investments in home visiting. The project is no longer active, but users may find its resources useful for learning about home visiting and its effects.
- The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a thorough and transparent review of home visiting research. HomVEE assesses home visiting program models to determine if they qualify as evidence based.
- The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) is a legislatively mandated evaluation of the effectiveness of home visiting programs funded by MIECHV. MIHOPE includes four evidence-based home visiting program models: Early Head Start-Home Based Program Option, Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Parents as Teachers.
- The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE)-Strong Start evaluates the effectiveness of Healthy Families America and Nurse-Family Partnership among expectant families enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Part of the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative, the evaluation looks for features that led to improved birth outcomes and reduced health care costs among participants.
- The Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) project provides technical assistance to MIECHV awardees on research and evaluation, benchmarks, data systems, and continuous quality improvement. Previously, the DOHVE team supported the design of a national evaluation for programs funded through MIECHV. Technical assistance is available to MIECHV awardees only, but resources are publicly available.
- The Tribal Evaluation Institute (TEI) provides technical assistance to Tribal MIECHV awardees on program evaluation, performance measurement, dissemination, and continuous quality improvement. TEI works with awardees, often onsite, to help them effectively use data and share their work with a broader audience. Technical assistance is available to Tribal MIECHV awardees only, but resources are publicly available.
- The HV-Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT) supports HRSA awardees and staff as they work to provide evidence-based home visiting services.
Child Development and Health
- The American Academy of Pediatrics includes more than 65,000 pediatricians committed to the physical, mental, and social health of children from infancy to young adulthood. Its website includes a brief about the effects of home visiting on developmental and health outcomes.
- The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information, resources, and tools related to child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, and adoption. Administered by the Children’s Bureau within ACF, the Child Welfare Information Gateway offers materials geared toward professionals and the public.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures provides tools, information, and resources to help state legislatures craft solutions to difficult problems. Relevant areas of research including home visiting, early care and education, and more.
- The Ounce of Prevention Fund wants all children, particularly those born into poverty, to have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first 5 years of life. In addition to providing research and evaluation, professional development, and advocacy on a range of topics including home visiting, the organization offers voluntary home visiting services to families in Illinois.
- Zero to Three builds family and community connections that help build babies’ and toddlers’ brains. Services include technical assistance and a leadership development institute for professionals, while other offerings include parenting resources, workforce development tips, and more. Many Zero to Three tools focus on home visiting at the state and national levels.