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May 2011Vol. 12, No. 4Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)

In the fall of 2009, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funded Mathematica Policy Research to assess the effectiveness of home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) website ( describes the research study and provides information on the 11 programs reviewed, 7 of which met the study's criteria for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model:

  • Early Head Start-Home Visiting
  • Family Check-Up
  • Healthy Families America
  • Healthy Steps
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • Parents as Teachers

The website details each program and its impact on outcomes, describes implementation guidelines, and references all 487 studies used in the research. States are encouraged to use the website to inform their home visiting services for pregnant women and families with young children. In particular, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that 75 percent of the funds States receive must be used for evidence-based home visiting models identified by HomVEE.

HomVEE is guided by a Federal interagency working group that includes representatives from the Children's Bureau and four other HHS agencies. Mathematica is currently performing a second review of research in order to update the existing research and assess the effectiveness of additional home visiting program models as necessary.

Visit the HomVEE website for more information:

Individuals interested in home visiting programs in Tribal communities may download the supplemental report, Assessing the Evidence of Effectiveness of Home Visiting Program Models Implemented in Tribal Communities: (949 KB)