Moving Local Research and Evaluation Findings Into Practice




Robert T. Ammerman, Judith B. Van Ginkel, and Margaret J. Clark

Brief Type



  • Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS)
  • Healthy Families America (HFA)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • SafeCare/SafeCare Augmented


Contrary to expectation, many home visiting programs rarely use their own data to improve services. Local data is typically provided to larger aggregating entities, such as models or states, for analysis and interpretation. This represents a missed opportunity for programs to learn from that data and enact operational improvements. There is a missed opportunity by not capturing local data to systematically apply learning to program practice. A major reason for this current state is that there are no established procedures for how to move from data collection to practice. This workshop outlines a standardized approach to massaging data from the collection-only phase into systematic changes in practice.

Topics covered in this session include:

Identifying questions for analysis
Generating results and contextualizing findings
Determining relevance for practice
Implementing changes to services as well as identifying facilitators of and barriers to those changes
Adapting this approach to different home visiting programs (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods



For More Information

Ammerman, R. T., Van Ginkel, J. B., & Clark, M. J.(2020, January 30). Moving local research and evaluation findings into practice. National Home Visiting Summit. Presentation conducted at the conference of The Ounce, Washington, DC.
Link to Presentation


  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity