Wisconsin Home Visiting Programs Collect Data on Common Outcomes
Home Visiting, Quality Improvement, Accountability & Evaluation
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In a unique collaboration, ten home visiting program sites in Wisconsin that use different home visitation models from one another are using the same outcome framework to evaluate their effectiveness. The Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin (Outcomes Project) is a collaborative effort of service providers, funders, and evaluators that began in 2001. The group developed five key outcomes that are meaningful and measureable across program models based on best practices in the field. The common outcomes are: parents interact with their children in ways that enhance children’s development and early learning; children are healthy; children live in a safe environment; families access formal and informal support networks; and children achieve optimal milestones in development and early learning. Indicators to measure each outcome were also identified. The resulting framework allows home visiting providers to collect consistent evaluation data across their programs.