Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE), 2016 - 2021

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Project Overview

The Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE) is the first multi-site, multi-model study of how home visiting is implemented across tribal communities. The study aims to develop in-depth understandings of the characteristics of tribal home visiting programs and the families they serve. To carry out this stakeholder-engaged research, the MUSE Team is partnering with 17 Tribal Home Visiting (THV) grantees, federal stakeholders, and technical workgroup members in an intensive ongoing process of providing feedback on all aspects of MUSE. Stakeholder input has shaped all aspects of the study design, including the conceptual model for home visiting in tribal communities, study aims, study questions, and data collection measures.

The MUSE Study is using a mixed-methods design to address the following 3 study aims:

1.         Identify and describe primary influences shaping tribal home visiting program planning.

2.         Identify and describe how tribal home visiting programs are being implemented.

3.         Explore supports and challenges to home visiting implementation in tribal communities.

Quantitative and qualitative data are gathered from home visiting staff and participants over the course of two years. Data collection methods include qualitative interviews and surveys of program staff and participants, program implementation logs, administrative program data, short surveys completed after individual home visits, and content analysis of grantee implementation plans.

The analytic approach used by MUSE will intentionally mix data across sources and use iterative analytic processes to ensure that data being collected by MUSE grantee partners produce rich findings that are useful to study stakeholders. The MUSE Team will convene a dissemination committee, including representatives from all participating grantees, to provide input into the development of study reports, presentations, and publications.

James Bell Associates and the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus were awarded this contract.

The points of contact are Aleta Meyer and Nicole Denmark.