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February 2015Vol. 16, No. 1Effectiveness of Home-Visiting Programs

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) published a report that reviews research on home-visiting programs to determine programs' effectiveness. This review, performed by Mathematica Policy Research, was conducted to help meet the stipulations of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), which was established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. MIECHV requires States and territories to use provided funds on home-visiting program models that have been proven effective through evaluation research.

The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) project evaluated models that employ home visiting as the primary method to deliver services and that focus on working with families in at least one of eight main issue areas delineated in legislation. The report summarizes the HomVEE team's systemic process for identifying, reviewing, and evaluating the programs, including a rating system for evaluating the rigor of the impact studies they analyzed. As of 2014, the HomVEE project has reviewed and evaluated 40 home-visiting program models, of which 17 met the stipulations for an evidence-based early childhood home-visiting program.

The report includes a table that summarizes the evaluation results of these 17 programs. Program impacts and implementation requirements are also discussed. To read Home Visiting Programs: Reviewing Evidence of Effectiveness (OPRE Report #2014-60), visit (180 KB).