Home Visiting Programs: Reviewing Evidence of Effectiveness (Brief)

OPRE Report #2016-73
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Sep 30, 2016
Authors
Emily Sama-Miller, Lauren Akers, Andrea Mraz-Esposito, Sarah Avellar, Diane Paulsell, and Patricia Del Grosso

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in collaboration with the DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration, contracted with Mathematica Policy Research to conduct a systematic review of home visiting research. This review, known as the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) project, determines which home visiting program models have sufficient evidence to meet the DHHS criteria for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.”

The HomVEE review only includes program models that use home visiting as the primary mode of service delivery and aim to improve outcomes in at least one of eight domains. These domains are (1) maternal health; (2) child health; (3) positive parenting practices; (4) child development and school readiness; (5) reductions in child maltreatment; (6) family economic self-sufficiency; (7) linkages and referrals to community resources and supports; and (8) reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence, and crime.