Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review: Executive Summary

Published: October 15, 2011
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Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) was launched in fall 2009 to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and provide an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. The HomVEE review was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research under the guidance of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interagency working group composed of representatives from:

  • The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • The Children’s Bureau (ACF)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established a Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) that provides $1.5 billion over five years to states to establish home visiting program models for at-risk pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. The Act stipulates that 75 percent of the funds must be used for home visiting programs with evidence of effectiveness based on rigorous evaluation research. The HomVEE review provides information about which home visiting program models have evidence of effectiveness as required by the legislation and defined by HHS, as well as detailed information about the samples of families who participated in the research, the outcomes measured in each study, and the implementation guidelines for each model.

This executive summary provides an overview of the HomVEE review process, a summary of the review results, and a link to the HomVEE website for more detailed information.