In 2013, Florida received $21.6 million in federal funding to establish and expand home visiting programs in high-need communities. Eleven programs, covering 14 of 29 eligible Florida communities, were funded through a competitive process. Florida MIECHV is results-focused. Data are collected by the local implementation sites on participating families, services and outcomes around the six focus areas of the initiative. These data are used for federal reporting and to guide program management at the state and community levels.
Data are critical for monitoring program implementation and ensuring model fidelity for optimal impact on families and their children. Data are also the foundation for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts undertaken by the state and local implementation sites.
Finally, data collected as part of Florida MIECHV are analyzed by the USF Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center, the state evaluator, to measure the effect of the MIECHV initiative on participating families and communities. Evaluation results are used to refine future implementation of the initiative.