Observing Home-Visit Quality With the Home Visit Rating Scales: Introduction to the Special Section




Carla A. Peterson and Lori A. Roggman

Brief Type

Journal Publication



Evidence-based home-visiting programs aim to address one of the most important challenges facing our species—setting the next generation on a healthy path of development that prepares them for a future that is simultaneously uncertain and promising. Diverse research literatures have pointed to practices to effectively meet this challenge and better achieve the unfulfilled promise of home visiting by more effectively engaging parents in supporting their children's early development and well-being. Measures of home-visit quality practices drawn from social work, pediatric nursing, early childhood, and early intervention research literatures have identified building relationships with families and focusing on their strengths as effective, practices that are particularly important for vulnerable families. The articles in this special section used the Home Visit Rating Scales to examine stability in home-visit quality over time, study specific home-visiting processes linked with quality, validate a supervisor checklist of home-visiting implementation, and consider the home visit in relation to an array of indicators reflecting overall home-visiting program strength and stability. These articles exemplify progress in home-visiting research over recent decades, including advances in direct observational methods and measurement as well as examinations of home visiting as an observable process across various home-visiting program models and populations. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Standardized assessment tools



For More Information

Peterson, C. A., & Roggman, L. A. (2019). Observing home-visit quality with the home visit rating scales: Introduction to the special section. Infant Mental Health Journal, 1–4. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/imhj.21777
Author Contact Information:
Carla A. Peterson


  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity