Economic Analysis of the Prenatal and Early Childhood Nurse Home Visitation Program, 2000-2004

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Project Overview

The Economic Analysis of the Prenatal and Early Childhood Nurse Home Visitation Program study examined cost savings to the government resulting from a prenatal and early childhood home visitation program that had been studied in a series of three randomized controlled experiments. The experiments were conducted in three different settings (Elmira, NY, Memphis, TN, and Denver, CO) with different sample compositions.

The major research questions addressed were, “To what extent did an investment in comprehensive prenatal and early childhood nurse home visitation resulted in a net savings in government expenditures?”

Analyses of AFDC, Food Stamp and Medicaid administrative data, survey data and cost data from the experiments as conducted in order to answer the research questions.