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September 2013Vol. 14, No. 7CQI for Early Childhood Grantees

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program was developed to improve health and developmental outcomes for at-risk children. The MIECHV program, which is coordinated by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes grants to States, jurisdictions, Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations. As part of the process to receive funds, MIECHV grantees must submit an Updated State Plan, and one component of this submission is a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plan.

CQI helps organizations identify, describe, and assess strengths and weaknesses and then take steps to develop and implement solutions. The Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) Technical Assistance team developed a brief to help MIECHV grantees develop their CQI plans. The DOHVE brief provides a suggested reporting format for grantees' CQI plans. The following seven areas are addressed in the brief, which also may be helpful to nongrantees in assessing their current CQI systems:

  • Infrastructure for driving improvements
  • How to leverage current resources
  • Description of the management information system (MIS)
  • Data collection design
  • Reporting data to users
  • Alignment and integration of the CQI plan with benchmark reporting
  • Sustainability 

The brief also includes a description of the three broad stages of CQI to help grantees assess their current capacity and plan how to move along the continuum.

Suggested Guidelines for Continuous Quality Improvement for MIECHV Grantees is available here: (214 KB)

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