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General Home Visiting Resources

This list includes websites, research, articles, issue briefs, reports, and other resources on issues associated with home visiting and improved child and family outcomes. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program offers these resources for your convenience and does not endorse any particular resource, publication or organization.

State Level Infrastructure

Data Systems and Evaluation (+ show details)

Resources for data systems and evaluation can be found on the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE ) Project Resources section of the MDRC website. 

Sample tools include: 

  • Model Developer Crosswalk to Benchmarks 
  • Measuring Benchmarks: Indicators & Tools 
  • DOHVE Compendium of Measurement Tools for MIECHV Grantees 
  • Measurement Brief: Selecting Data Collection Measures for MIECHV Benchmarks

Workforce, Professional Development and Core Knowledge & Competencies (+ show details)

Jones Harden, B., Denmark, N., & Saul, D. (2010). Understanding the needs of staff in Head Start programs: The characteristics, perceptions, and experiences of home visitors. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(3), 371-379. 

LeMoine, S. (2008). Workforce designs: A policy blueprint for state early childhood professional development systems. National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Cultural Competence (+ show details)

Castro, F. G., Barrera Jr., M., & Holleran Steiker, L. K. (2010). Issues and challenges in the design of culturally adapted evidence-based interventions. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 6, 213.

Ross, L. (2010). Notes from the field: learning cultural humility through critical incidents and central challenges in community-based participatory research. Journal of Community Practice 18(2/3), 315-335.

Wells, S. J., Merritt, L. M., & Briggs, H. E. (2009). Bias, racism and evidence-based practice: The case for more focused development of the child welfare evidence base. Children and Youth Services Review 31(11), 1160-1171.

System Integration


Continuous Quality Improvement (+ show details)

Ammerman, R. T., Putnam, F. W., Kopke, J. E., Gannon, T. A., Short, J. A., Van Ginkel, J. B., Clark, M. J., Carrozza, M. A., & Spector, A. R. (2007). Development and implementation of a quality assurance infrastructure in a multisite home visitation program in Ohio and Kentucky. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community 34 (1-2), 89-107.

Implementation Science (+ show details)

Metz, A. & Bartley, L. (2012). Active implementation frameworks for program success: How to use implementation science to improve outcomes for children. Zero to Three Journal, 32(4), 11-18. 

Powers, S. (Ed.). (2010). Home visiting: Past, present, and future. Zero to Three Journal, 6, 30. 

Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K. A., Friedman, R. M., & Wallace, F. (2005). Implementation research: A synthesis of the literature. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, The National Implementation Research Network.

Home Visiting Program Participants

Maternal Depression (+ show details)

Ammerman, R. T., Putnam, F. W., Stevens, J., Bosse, N. R, Short, J. A., Bodley, A. L., & Van Ginkel, J. B. (2011). An open trial of in-home CBT for depressed mothers in home visitation. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 15(8), 1333-41. 

Ammerman, R. T., Putnam, F. W., Bosse, N. R., Teeters, A. R., & Van Ginkel, J. B. (2010). Maternal depression in home visitation: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15(3),191-200. 

England, M. J. & Simms, L. J. (2009). Depression in parents, parenting, and children: Opportunities to improve identification, treatment, and prevention. Washington, D.C., National Academic Press, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine

Knitzer, J., Theberge, S., & Johnson, K. (2008). Reducing maternal depression and its impact on young children: Toward a responsive early childhood policy framework. National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Organizations, Initiatives and Websites