Reference Catalog Filter Details

Items in the NHVRC Reference Catalog can be filtered by topic, date, data collection method, and home visiting model.


Topics must reflect the main focus of the product and relate directly to findings and/or implications. The list below briefly describes potential topics and examples:

Collaboration and Coordination: Includes products focused on how home visiting programs collaborate and coordinate with other community services (e.g., discussing the development of centralized intake systems or other systems building efforts). Also includes products focused on continued efforts to increase coordination and collaboration with other organizations, or on the evaluation of enhancements designed to improve collaboration and coordination.

Cost: Includes products focused on potential funding mechanisms, program costs, cost studies, or tools to assist in monitoring and documenting program costs.

Home Visiting Workforce Characteristics and Workforce Development: Includes products that describe the characteristics of the home visiting workforce and issues related to workforce well-being and development. Also includes products focused on efforts or initiatives to promote home visiting workforce knowledge, skills, and competencies through professional development, training, coaching, or supervision.

Participant Characteristics: Includes products focused on describing the characteristics of home visiting participants. This might include demographic characteristics or more dynamic characteristics, such as mental or physical health and well-being, or the impact of participant characteristics on child-, family-, and program-level outcomes.

Participant Recruitment, Retention, Engagement, and Dosage: Includes products focused on issues related to levels of participant recruitment, retention, engagement, and dosage and on strategies for promoting participant engagement. Might include products focused on coordinated outreach and partnerships with other organizations to increase incoming referrals to home visiting services.

Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes: Includes products focused on evaluating and demonstrating child-, family-, or program-level outcomes, including performance measures.

Program Enhancements, Innovations, and Promising Approaches: Includes products focused on testing enhancements, innovations, or “add-ons” to home visiting programs. May include products testing the integration of new approaches into home visiting services to address a given topic or problem (e.g., maternal depression, workforce development, family engagement) through enhancements or program “add-ons.” Also includes products testing promising approach models.

Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity: Includes products focused on issues and measures of program quality, engagement in continuous quality improvement activities, or fidelity and fidelity monitoring

Data Collection Methods

Applicable data collection methods are selected from the list below:

Fidelity Observations: Includes use of standard tools (e.g., forms, observational coding systems, audio coding systems) to document adherence to established fidelity measures.

Focus Groups: Includes use of structured or semistructured protocols to facilitate a guided discussion with more than two or three individuals.

Home Observation: Includes visual or audio observations of home visits guided by a standard form or assessment tool.

Interviews: Includes use of structured or semistructured protocols to facilitate a guided discussion with no more than three individuals. Does not include use of an interview format to administer a set of standardized tools and/or surveys/questionnaires.

Parent-Child Observations: Includes observations of parent-child interactions as guided by an observation form or standardized assessment tool.

Participant Observations: Includes use of ethnographic observations of program operations or home visits not guided by an observation form, fidelity tool, or assessment tool.

Program Administrative Record Reviews: Includes qualitative analysis and coding of documents (e.g., meeting minutes, implementation plans, family service plans).

Record and Document Reviews: Includes qualitative analysis and coding of documents (e.g., meeting minutes, implementation plans, family service plans).

Site Visits: Includes use of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods intended to produce qualitative summative descriptions or site/program-level case studies.

Social Network Analysis: Includes measurement and mapping of relationships and flows between programs, organizations, and people to provide a visual and mathematical analysis of relationships.

Standardized Assessment Tools: Includes use of any standardized tool that is scored and interpreted in a standard or consistent way. Includes any tool that has an established scoring system, even if it includes the term “questionnaire” (e.g., maternal depression questionnaires)

State Administrative Record Reviews: See Program Administrative Record Reviews.

Survey or Questionnaires: Includes use of surveys or questionnaires that are not standardized tools with established scoring and reporting systems.

Video-Recorded Observations: See Home Observation.


Agencies can choose from dozens of home visiting models when working with families. The models have much in common: they focus on families with young children, they are voluntary, and they deliver services in the home or another preferred location. The models also vary based on factors such as their purpose, who delivers services, the duration or intensity of home visits, and the evidence supporting the model.

Currently, the following home visiting models meet U.S. Department of Health and Human Services criteria for evidence of effectiveness according to the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness project (HomVEE):

The NHVRC also collects data from emerging models that do not meet HomVEE criteria; see past yearbooks to view profiles of emerging models.

*During a recent update, HomVEE revised the HealthySteps profile to include changes to the model, noting home visiting is not HealthySteps’ primary service delivery strategy. States could implement HealthySteps with MIECHV funds in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 but could no longer do so beginning in fiscal year 2016.

**Oklahoma’s Community-Based Family Resource and Support Program is no longer in operation. See the HomVEE site for details.

***In July 2018, HomVEE updated its report on SafeCare to state that the model did not meet criteria for the general or tribal population. An adaptation known as SafeCare Augmented does meet criteria for the general population.