The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 created the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program and required a national evaluation of the program. This document describes the design of that evaluation — the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE).
MIHOPE will include an analysis of state needs assessments, an implementation study, an impact analysis, and an economic analysis. Families who enroll in the study will be randomly assigned to a home visiting group or to a comparison group that can use other services available in their community. The study will include approximately 5,100 families with a pregnant woman or a child under 6 months old, spread across about 85 local programs in about 12 states. Sites must be operating one of four national models of home visiting: Early Head Start-Home Visiting Option, Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership, or Parents as Teachers. The study will produce a report to Congress in 2015 that includes information on families and sites included in the evaluation as well as information on how states made decisions about how to spend home visiting funds. Later reports will provide more information on program implementation, the effects of home visiting programs for families, and the features of programs that are associated with larger effects.
Report Title: Revised Design for the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Lauren Supplee, 202-401-5434
Record ID: 10067 (May 14, 2013)