The purpose of the MIHOPE Long-Term Follow-Up project (MIHOPE-LT) is to design and conduct a follow-up study of participants in the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) to examine the long-term effects of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) on children and families.
MIHOPE has examined child and family outcomes for participants in MIECHV-funded programs when the children were 15 months old. MIHOPE Check-In maintained contact information for MIHOPE participants to ensure longer term follow-up is possible and collected a small amount of information from families when the children were 2½ and 3½ years old.
Previous research on home visiting programs has found impacts on child and family outcomes when the children are even older (i.e., school age, teenagers, etc.), and MIHOPE-LT will examine such outcomes in the MIHOPE sample when the children are in Kindergarten.
Data collection, including a parent survey and in-home activities with parents and children and a teacher survey, began in 2019 and will continue through 2022.
The contract was awarded to MDRC with subcontracts to Mathematica Policy Research and University of Georgia. This project is being led by the Administration for Children and Families in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration.