December 2013Vol. 14, No. 9Developing Home Visiting Programs
Home visiting programs have been shown to be effective in helping parents of young children learn more appropriate parenting skills and provide nurturing home environments. In a new publication, Getting to Outcomes for Home Visiting: How to Plan, Implement, and Evaluate a Program in Your Community to Support Parents and Their Young Children, authors Teryn Mattox, Sarah B. Hunter, M. Rebecca Kilburn, and Shelley H. Wiseman have developed a set of tools designed to help agencies choose the home visiting program that can be best adapted to a community's specific needs.
Published by the RAND Corporation, the manual aims to support home visiting program implementation through a 10-step process that helps communities to plan, implement, and evaluate programs, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes. The steps include identifying needs, resources, goals, and desired outcomes; finding and reviewing program choices; determining the capacities needed for implementation; evaluating the implementation process; evaluating program outcomes; and planning for program sustainability.
The development of the manual was funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, as part of the Affordable Care Act – Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The primary award was to the State of New Mexico, and the manual was produced by RAND as part of a subcontract from the State.
Getting to Outcomes for Home Visiting: How to Plan, Implement, and Evaluate a Program in Your Community to Support Parents and Their Young Children is available here: