Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation, Long-Term Follow-Up (MIHOPE-LT), 2016 - 2021

Project Overview

The purpose of the MIHOPE Long-Term Follow-Up project (MIHOPE-LT) is to design a follow-up study or studies of participants in the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) to examine the long-term effects, including cost benefits, of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) on children and families. MIHOPE is examining child and family outcomes for participants in MIECHV-funded programs when the children are 15 months old. MIHOPE Check-In is maintaining contact information for MIHOPE participants to ensure longer term follow-up is possible and collecting a small amount of information from families when the children are 2½ and 3½ years old.

Given that previous research on home visiting programs has found impacts on child and family outcomes when the children are even older (i.e. preschool age, school age, teenagers, etc.), MIHOPE-LT will set the stage to examine such outcomes in the MIHOPE sample. The project will produce a design that takes into account how to best build on existing projects that involve the MIHOPE sample and how to most efficiently and effectively examine the long-term outcomes and cost benefits of the MIECHV program.

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.

The points of contact are Nancy Geyelin Margie and Laura Nerenberg.

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