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April 2011Vol. 12, No. 3Evidence-Based Home Visiting Briefs

There is growing evidence that some home visitation programs can help prevent child maltreatment. In an effort to build knowledge about evidence-based home visiting (EBHV), the Children's Bureau funded 17 grantees to implement one of five EBHV models. After an initial planning year that began in 2008, the grantees are now halfway through the implementation phase of the 5-year program and are generating valuable knowledge regarding needs assessment, program costs, staff training and support, and more.

Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago were funded to conduct cross-site evaluations of the grantees' programs and produce a series of syntheses. The latest brief, Supporting Home Visitors in Evidence-Based Programs, is based on telephone interview data collected from nine of the grantee agencies. The brief considers how to cultivate organizational support for implementing an EBHV program and discusses the roles of supervision and community partnerships in supporting home visitors. The companion brief, Recruiting and Training Home Visitors for Evidence-Based Home Visiting, addresses home visitor qualifications, recruitment and hiring, and preservice and inservice training.

Earlier briefs in the series are:

  • Assessing the Need for Evidence-Based Home Visiting
  • Replicating Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models: A Framework for Assessing Fidelity

After the funding period ends, one of the final cross-site evaluations will examine the impact of the 17 individual programs on family and child well-being and rates of child maltreatment for the families involved.

Read about the extensive evaluation plan and download the briefs and other cross-site evaluation materials on the Supporting EBHV website: