State Evaluation

  • Did the MIECHV program

    Impact participant outcomes in Florida?

    To measure whether the MIECHV program impacted participant outcomes, we will be analyzing data to: measure benchmark outcomes in each MIECHV communities; link benchmark data with other datasets to examine other outcomes over time and to compare outcomes in MIECHV communities to similar communities without MIECHV programs

  • Did the MIECHV program

    Impact collaboration and systems development?

    Baseline results for all Florida MIECHV-funded sites assessing community collaboration and systems development were recently compiled using the Program to Analyze, Record, andTrack Networks to Enhance Relationships (PARTNER), online survey tool. PARTNER quantitatively describes and measures collaboration among agencies, organizations, and groups in a community. PARTNER participants included representatives from early education, health, and social services identified by project administrators. The social network analysis and collaboration tool was developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Baseline information will be compared with follow-up surveys conducted in subsequent years to measure the impact of the projects.

    Survey data are supplemented with participant, staff and key informant interviews and focus groups. A report of participant interviews from Cohort 1 is available now, and interviews with participants from Cohort 2 will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Creole in the Spring of 2015.

  • Did the MIECHV program

    Demonstrate a return on investment (ROI)?

    The research questions underlying this ROI analysis include the following:

    1. What is the cost to deliver home visiting services through the MIECHV Program, and how do these costs vary across home visiting models and local programs?
    2. What is the cost to achieve key outcomes for families and children, and how do these costs vary across home visiting models and local programs?
    3. What is the return on investment of the MIECHV program, and how does the return on investment vary across home visiting models and local programs?

    In addition to providing information on the costs of providing home visiting services are how those costs vary with the features of local programs, this ROI will link program costs to program impacts in a cost-effectiveness analysis. In the cost-effectiveness analysis, evaluators will identify specific maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes that the MIECHV Program is expected to impact, known as “benchmarks.” Examples of benchmarks include:

    • Improved maternal and newborn health (e.g. Increase the percent of children with at least 70% of AAP recommended well-child check-ups by 12 months of age)
    • Reduction in child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment and reduction of ED visits. (e.g. Decrease the percent of children with emergency room visits)
    • Improved family economic self-sufficiency (e.g. Increase the percent of primary caregivers employed or enrolled in an educational program)