Partnering With Families in Continuous Quality Improvement: The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

September 5, 2017
Topics:
Youth Services, Home Visiting
Projects:
Design Options for Home Visiting 2, 2016 - 2021 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports
Partnering With Families in Continuous Quality Improvement: The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
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  • Published 2017

Introduction

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)  supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. States and territories receiving funding from MIECHV are required to engage in continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts. CQI can help programs improve services, processes, and outcomes.

Key Findings and Highlights

This tip sheet discusses the potential benefits of partnering with participants and their families in CQI efforts, and discusses considerations and strategies that programs can use to do so effectively. Involving participants and families may help to: collaboratively set goals to ensure prioritization of work with direct value to participants, build trust, develop innovations, expand team capacity, and provide motivation and a reminder of the importance of home visiting.

The tip sheet also presents a continuum of stages and strategies for engaging participants and families in different ways, based on a scale developed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center:

  • Participants and families can be engaged in ad-hoc or short-term ways at first, such as surveys and focus groups.
  • Teams should take steps to prepare to involve families in CQI efforts, including consulting readiness assessment tools, and considering recruitment and training efforts.
  • As they learn how to involve family partners, teams may need to adapt some habits and procedures to welcome participants and families, such as considering appropriate meeting time and space and encouraging participation.
  • Eventually, families may be able to take on leadership roles, such as leading or co-leading improvement initiatives.

The tip sheet explains that the stages of this continuum are not always linear and teams should develop a variety of ways to partner with participants and families in CQI efforts. Throughout these stages, programs and families can work together to build trust and improve services and outcomes.

Last Reviewed: August 31, 2017