Revised Design for the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation




Charles Michalopoulos, Anne Duggan, Virginia Knox, Jill H. Filene, Helen Lee, Emily K. Snell, Sarah Crowne, Erika Lundquist, Phaedra S. Corso, and Justin B. Ingels

Brief Type



  • Early Head Start Home-Based Option
  • Healthy Families America (HFA)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)


Purpose: Describe the design of the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation
Example Topics Addressed:
Overview of research goals and questions
Conceptual framework to guide evaluation design
Sampling plan and details on the number of families and sites that will be included
Design for conducting the analysis of the needs assessment data
Measurement and analytic plan for the impact study

Data Collection Methods

  • Home Visit Observations
  • Interviews
  • Program administrative record reviews
  • Record and document reviews
  • Standardized assessment tools
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Michalopoulos, C., Duggan, A., Knox, V., Filene, J. H., Lee, H., Snell, E. K., . . . Ingels, J. B. (2013). Revised Design for the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation. OPRE Report 2013-18. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from: https://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/Revised_Design_MIHOPE.pdf


  • Cost
  • Participant Characteristics
  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes
  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity