Redesigning the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Performance Measurement System




Judith Labiner-Wolfe, Catherine J. Vladutiu, Kyle Peplinski, Carlos Cano, and David Willis

Brief Type

Journal publication


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Objectives: Statute for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program requires that states and territories receiving Program funding assess improvements for participating families across six areas that address maternal and child well-being. In 2015, the MIECHV Program performance measurement system was redesigned to allow for national-level analyses and cross-grantee comparisons. The new measures were aligned with other federal performance measures to help ensure context for program analyses. The number of measures was also reduced to lessen reporting burden. This paper describes the redesign process and resulting national performance measures. Methods: The redesign process included holding listening sessions with stakeholders and experts; reviewing the findings from other home visiting performance initiatives; consulting with experts; soliciting and responding to public comment on draft measures; seeking clearance from the Office of Management and Budget; and specifying each measure with detailed eligibility criteria, the timing and frequency of assessments, and the window for data collection. Results: The redesign resulted in a set of 19 measures that all MIECHV-funded home visiting programs began collecting in 2016. This is nearly half the number of measures that MIECHV awardees had been reporting prior to the redesign. The measures are aligned with other federal measures, including those used in Healthy People 2020 and those used for other maternal and child health programs. Conclusions for Practice: Data reported by MIECHV Program awardees will be used to assess their performance, identify areas for targeted technical assistance to support continuous improvement, and ensure meaningful impacts for at-risk families. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Record and document reviews


For More Information

Labiner-Wolfe, J., Vladutiu, C. J., Peplinski, K., Cano, C., & Willis, D. (2018). Redesigning the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program performance measurement system. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22(4), 467–473. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-018-2486-1
Author Contact Information:
Judith Labiner-Wolfe