August 2016Vol. 17, No. 6Measuring Outcomes for Home Visiting Programs
Home visiting programs to support at-risk families with children under age 5 are present throughout the United States, but measuring the outcomes of these programs can be challenging for States. For example, State programs and models vary in focus, content, and target population, and States often invest in more than one approach to help address specific State priorities. Several States joined with The Pew Charitable Trusts to develop the Home Visiting Data for Performance Initiative to promote common measures for these programs. Pew released a report in 2015 that presents the indicators developed by the initiative as well as the rationales for employing them. The indicators measure outcomes in the following areas:
- Maternal health and achievement
- Child health, development, and safety
- Parental skills and capacity
To learn more, access the report, Using Data to Measure Performance: A New Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Home Visiting, at http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/assets/2015/10/hv_datainitiativereport.pdf (908 KB).
To view additional information from Pew about home visiting, refer to http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/archived-projects/home-visiting-campaign.