Piloting a Statewide Home Visiting Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative




Neera K. Goyal, Martha G. Rome, Julie A. Massie, Colleen Mangeot, Robert T. Ammerman, Jye Breckenridge, and Carole M. Lannon

Brief Type

Journal publication


  • Healthy Families America (HFA)


Objective: To pilot test a statewide quality improvement (QI) collaborative learning network of home visiting agencies. Methods: Project timeline was June 2014-May 2015. Overall objectives of this 8-month initiative were to assess the use of collaborative QI to engage local home visiting agencies and to test the use of statewide home visiting data for QI. Outcome measures were mean time from referral to first home visit, percentage of families with at least three home visits per month, mean duration of participation, and exit rate among infants <6 months. Of 110 agencies, eight sites were selected based on volume, geography, and agency leadership. Our adapted Breakthrough Series model included monthly calls with performance feedback and cross-agency learning. A statewide data system was used to generate monthly run charts. Results: Mean time from referral to first home visit was 16.7 days, and 9.4% of families received ≥3 visits per month. Mean participation was 11.7 months, and the exit rate among infants <6 months old was 6.1%. Agencies tested several strategies, including parent commitment agreements, expedited contact after referral, and Facebook forums. No shift in outcome measures was observed, but agencies tracked intermediate process changes using internal site-specific data. Agencies reported positive experiences from participation including more frequent and structured staff meetings. Conclusions for Practice: Within a pilot QI learning network, agencies tested and measured changes using statewide and internal data. Potential next steps are to develop and test new metrics with current pilot sites and a larger collaborative. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Interviews
  • Program administrative record reviews
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Goyal, N. K., Rome, M. G., Massie, J. A., Mangeot, C., Ammerman, R. T., Breckenridge, J., & Lannon, C. M. (2017). Piloting a statewide home visiting quality improvement learning collaborative. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(2), 275–282. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-016-2206-7
Author Contact Information:
Neera K. Goyal


  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity
  • Participant Recruitment, Retention, Engagement, and Dosage