The NHVRC provides a comprehensive look at home visiting through our Yearbook, data profiles, stories, and reference catalog. While we aim to be a go-to resource, the following sources of information outside of the NHVRC may also be of interest to our visitors.
Other Home Visiting Resources
If you’d like to learn more about home visiting, the resources below are a good place to start.
Programs and Initiatives
- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) jointly administers the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The agency’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has more information about the program.
- The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) partners with HRSA to administer MIECHV. The Early Childhood Development office maintains details about the program online, including efforts around home visiting research and evaluation.
- The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) works to define and advance the national home visiting research agenda. Established in 2012 and supported by MIECHV funding, HARC relies on research to inform policy and practice rather than advocating for a specific home visiting model.
- The Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN) unites participants from select MIECHV grantees and local implementing agencies (LIAs) to pursue improvements in the field. The network is a cooperative agreement between HRSA and Early Childhood Systems.
- The Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives is a member-driven organization that helps states, territories, and tribes effectively implement and improve home visiting programs. Members provide peer-to-peer support and communication to help each other learn from their experiences.
- The National Alliance of Home Visiting Models works to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, young children, and parents by elevating and advancing the field of evidence-based home visiting through collaborative leadership.
- The Pew Charitable Campaign Home Visiting Project explored cost-effective investments in home visiting. The project is no longer active, but users may find its resources useful for learning about home visiting and its effects.
- The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a thorough and transparent review of home visiting research. HomVEE assesses home visiting program models to determine if they qualify as evidence based.
- The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) is a legislatively mandated evaluation of the effectiveness of home visiting programs funded by MIECHV. MIHOPE includes four evidence-based home visiting program models: Early Head Start-Home Based Program Option, Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Parents as Teachers.
- The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE)-Strong Start evaluates the effectiveness of Healthy Families America and Nurse-Family Partnership among expectant families enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Part of the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative, the evaluation looks for features that led to improved birth outcomes and reduced health care costs among participants.
- The ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)—in collaboration with HRSA—manages a number of evaluation activities related to MIECHV.
- The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Technical Assistance Resource Center provides technical assistance and training to MIECHV awardees in performance measurement, continuous quality improvement, evaluation, and program implementation. The support helps home visiting programs sustain services and address critical and evolving priorities, including needs driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Technical assistance is available to MIECHV awardees only, but resources will be made publicly available.
- The Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) project provided technical assistance to MIECHV awardees on research and evaluation, benchmarks, data systems, and continuous quality improvement. The project is no longer active, but users may find its resources useful.
- The Tribal Evaluation Institute (TEI) provides technical assistance to Tribal MIECHV awardees on program evaluation, performance measurement, dissemination, and continuous quality improvement. TEI works with awardees, often onsite, to help them effectively use data and share their work with a broader audience. Technical assistance is available to Tribal MIECHV awardees only, but resources are publicly available.
- The Early Childhood Connector provides an online community for early childhood systems builders to seek and exchange knowledge and build upon best practices. Participants can collaborate and connect with peers working at the local, state, and national levels.
- The Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals creates professional development resources, such as online modules and personalized learning maps, for a range of family support professionals. Resources are based on the National Family Support Competency Framework, a set of home visitor competencies organized across 10 domains.
- The Rapid Response-Virtual Home Visiting collaborative provides best practice principles and strategies for maintaining meaningful connection with families during the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2021, the collaborative released six modules on virtual home visiting and a toolkit for supervisors.
- The Oregon Health Authority posts ongoing learning opportunities for home visitors. Offerings are aligned with the Oregon Home Visiting Core Competencies framework, which includes 150 competencies across 10 domains.
- The Pennsylvania Key collaborates with partners and community organizations to deliver educational, professional, and administrative services to early childhood educators and leaders. Resources include the Pennsylvania Home Visiting Competency framework, which outlines the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that enable a range of home visiting professionals to best support children and families.
Other Early Childhood Resources
The following resources address a range of issues that impact young children and their families.
Child Development and Health
- The American Academy of Pediatrics includes more than 65,000 pediatricians committed to the physical, mental, and social health of children from infancy to young adulthood. Its website includes a brief about the effects of home visiting on developmental and health outcomes.
- The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs promotes collaboration to improve the health of women, children, youth, and families. Members include state-level public health leaders; academic, advocacy, and community-based family health professionals; and families.
- Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago combines rigorous research to generate evidence and support implementation of tested methods in the field. Experts work alongside community and agency partners to build more effective services and systems; accelerate the use of evidence in practice; and better serve children, youth, and families.
- The Future of Children seeks to translate social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policy makers, practitioners, grant makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. It is a collaboration of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Brookings Institution.
- Start Early (formerly Ounce of Prevention) wants all children, particularly those born into poverty, to have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first 5 years of life. In addition to providing research and evaluation, professional development, and advocacy on a range of topics including home visiting, the organization offers voluntary home visiting and doula services to families in under-resourced communities throughout Illinois.
- ZERO TO THREE builds family and community connections that help build babies’ and toddlers’ brains. Services include technical assistance and a leadership development institute for professionals, while other offerings include parenting resources, workforce development tips, and more. Many ZERO TO THREE tools focus on home visiting at the state and national levels.
- The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information, resources, and tools related to child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, and adoption. Administered by the Children’s Bureau within ACF, the Child Welfare Information Gateway offers materials geared toward professionals and the public.
- The Child Welfare League of America catalyzes change to protect children and promote their well-being. Members include public and private child-serving agencies spanning a range of topics, including kinship care, adolescent pregnancy prevention and teen parenting, foster care, child protection, housing and homelessness, juvenile justice, and more.
Early Childhood Education
- Child Care & Early Education Research Connections promotes high-quality research in child care and early education to support policy making. Partners include ICF; the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research; and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
- The National Head Start Association works for policy changes that give children access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, family, and community.
Policy and Advocacy
- The Center for Law and Social Policy is a national, nonpartisan, antipoverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for people with low incomes.
- The Children’s Defense Fund advocates for state and federal policy reforms to help every child in America have what they need to thrive. Efforts focus on poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities.
- Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations promoting evidence-based solutions for children. Each organization focuses on a distinct group of members, including law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures provides tools, information, and resources to help state legislatures craft solutions to difficult problems. Relevant areas of research including home visiting, early care and education, and more.
- The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy is a policy analysis and advocacy organization that strives to ensure that New York’s policies benefit everybody, especially children and families living in poverty. The nonprofit, nonpartisan center uses a data-driven approach to shape policies to improve health, welfare, and human services for all New Yorkers.
Other Data Sources and Tools
Visitors seeking datasets or ideas for displaying data may also be interested in the following resources.
I want to find data about children and families, including datasets.
CDC Wonder connects researchers and the public with timely health data to promote information-driven decision making. The site gives users access to public health information offered through various resources maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ChildStats.gov houses an annual report on national indicators of child well-being published by a collection of more than 20 government agencies. The site also lists contact information for federal employees with expertise using specific national data sets.
Child Trends’ DataBank offers plain-language explanations of research indicators, along with up-to-date estimates and trend data. Clicking on an indicator also pulls up related data sources and reports.
Data.gov lets users search nearly 200,000 datasets across federal agencies and subagencies. Results can be filtered by location, topics, dataset type, format, organization or bureau, and more.
Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health offers easy access to children’s health data collected from parents at the national, state, and regional levels. Information can be accessed in multiple ways, such as by interactive data query, downloadable datasets, and codebooks.
KIDS COUNT Data Center shares state and national data across six topics—demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, safety and risky behaviors, and health. Data can also be analyzed by age, immigrant status, and race/ethnicity and presented as raw data, maps, or graphs.
National Center for Education Statistics serves as the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and the world. Available data span topics related to children’s academic performance, early childhood learning experiences, postsecondary education information, and more.
I want to improve data collection and/or evaluation efforts for a home visiting program.
I am an awardee of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV).
MIECHV awardees can receive research- and evaluation-related technical assistance through the Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) project. Access resources from James Bell Associates.
Tribal MIECHV awardees can receive technical assistance in areas such as evaluation, performance measurement, continuous quality improvement, and more. Contact the Tribal Evaluation Institute.
I work for a home visiting service provider.
“Using Data to Measure Performance: A new framework for assessing the effectiveness of home visiting.” Published by the Pew Charitable Trusts, this October 2015 report suggests performance measures for evaluating home visiting programs. Recommendations include indicators in three categories: maternal health and achievement; child health, development, and safety; and parental skills and capacity.
I want to know how children and families are faring in various locations.
American Fact Finder allows users to search U.S. Census data for information about people, housing, businesses, and more across geographic areas. The community facts search tool includes variables such as population, age, education, income, and veteran status.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps ranks counties and county equivalents to raise awareness about factors influencing health. Rankings center on health information gathered across nearly 20 national sources.
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity maintains state profiles featuring a number of child- and family-oriented categories. Relevant data points include each state’s teen birth rate, child poverty rate, percent of children in foster care, number of enrollees in specific federal programs, and more.
I want to learn how to present data about families in my community.
Community Commons lets registered users create maps and data reports to promote change in their communities. The site also serves as a place to connect with peers and thought leaders over shared interests.
Diversitydatakids.org creates customized profiles, maps, and rankings based on user selections related to child demographics, well-being indicators, and location types.
Population Reference Bureau offers a hub for U.S. and international data across hundreds of indicators and thousands of locations. Users create customized reports that they can download, print, and share.