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) review in 2009 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).

HomVEE assesses the quality of the research evidence; not all evidence is based on equally well-designed research. Systematic reviews, such as HomVEE, methodically select a pool of research to review, identify well-designed research within that pool, and then extract and summarize the findings from that research. HomVEE’s work helps policymakers and program administrators understand which models are effective. It is important to note that HomVEE does not directly evaluate home visiting models. Instead, it reviews and reports on the findings of existing research that does evaluate them. 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. 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  Visit disclaimer page .

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

Point(s) of contact: Shirley Adelstein and Amanda Coleman.

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

Related Resources

This is Part 1 of a report and describes the review process of a systematic review of home visiting models implemented in tribal communities, findings, descriptive information about the models evaluated, and summary conclusions about effectiveness.

This is Part 2 of a report and describes key lessons learned from home visiting models implemented in tribal communities, including gaps in the research literature that create challenges for assessing effectiveness and suggestions for strengthening future research in this area.

This brief summarizes findings on designing and conducting early childhood home visiting evaluations in tribal communities and the effectiveness of models examined for the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review.

 

This brief summarizes key findings related to developing early childhood home visiting models with tribal populations.

This brief summarizes key findings related to implementing early childhood home visiting models in tribal communities and is intended for early childhood home visiting model program administrators.

This 3-page fact sheet describes how the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review evaluates home visiting programs and provides stakeholders with an overview of how evidence-based home visiting models are identified through a four step evaluation process.

This document describes the original process and standards the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review used to review research from impact studies.

 

This flowchart shows the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review’s process for rating matched comparison group studies, along with definitions of key concepts the HomVEE team considers when rating studies.

This flowchart shows the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review’s process for rating randomized controlled trials, along with definitions of key concepts the HomVEE team considers when rating studies.

This updated author reporting guide provides evaluators guidance about how to describe randomized controlled trials and matched comparison group design studies, and report their findings clearly so that systematic reviews can use their results.

The purpose of this webinar was to provide an overview of the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review’s prioritization criteria, an explanation of how home visiting models earn study- and model-level prioritization points, an explanation of how prioritization scores are calculated, and updates to the annual review process.

This webinar presentation, held on January 26, 2021 provides an overview of updated procedures and standards for conducting the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) annual review. In the webinar, the HomVEE team highlights updates to the HomVEE review's procedures and standards and describes plans to apply them beginning with the 2021 review.