Assessing the Evidence: Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness, 2011-2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) project to conduct a thorough and transparent systematic review of the home visiting research literature. HomVEE provides an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting models that target families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry (through age 5). Each year, HomVEE uses a systematic process to prioritize home visiting models for review and determines whether they meet HHS criteria for evidence-based home visiting models.

HomVEE focuses on evidence of effectiveness related to the following outcome domains:

  • Child health;
  • Child development and school readiness;
  • Family economic self-sufficiency;
  • Maternal health;
  • Positive parenting practices;
  • Reductions in child maltreatment;
  • Reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence, and crime; and
  • Linkages and referrals to other community resources and supports.

For each model included in the review, HomVEE assesses the available research on evidence of effectiveness and develops implementation profiles summarizing key features of model implementation. Users can access HomVEE’s findings and learn more at: homvee.acf.hhs.gov Visit disclaimer page .

HomVEE is led by Mathematica (Emily Sama-Miller as Project Director and Rebecca Coughlin as Deputy Project Director).

The ACF points of contact are Amanda Coleman and Shirley Adelstein.

Questions about HomVEE can be directed to the HomVEE Help Desk: HomVEE@acf.hhs.gov

Related Resources

This summary brief presents the latest updates (September 2020) to the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review of home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age five.

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