• Dec 2011/Jan 2012
  • Vol. 12, No. 9

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Cross-Site Study Evaluates Evidence-Based Home Visiting Initiative

Building Infrastructure to Support Home-Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Two Year Findings From the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting Initiative highlights successful strategies from the first 2 years of the Children's Bureau-funded initiative taking place across 15 States. The study evaluates the progress of 17 grantees in developing necessary infrastructure and service delivery systems for implementing new or enhancing existing evidence-based home visiting program models.

Each grantee selected one or more home visiting models for first-time implementation in its State or community or chose to enhance, adapt, or expand existing programs. Site visits or telephone interviews were conducted with grantees to collect data on State-level implementation, the initiation of home visiting services, and/or infrastructure development to support home visiting.

The report discusses the ways grantees planned and collaborated with other organizations to achieve common goals. In addition, separate chapters describe:

  • How grantees used their planning and collaborative capacity to create new infrastructure and/or strengthen existing infrastructure
  • Grantees’ experiences hiring and training staff, recruiting and enrolling families, and conducting home visits

At the end of 2 years, home visiting had begun at all 15 sites where grantees had planned to initiate or continue home visiting, and families were enrolled and receiving services through the programs. Future publications will examine the final 3 years of the 5-year grantee projects.

The report was developed by Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and funded by the Children's Bureau. The report and other evaluation resources can be found on the Supporting Evidence Based Home Visiting website:

http://supportingebhv.org/crossite

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