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Performance Reporting and Evaluation Resources

HRSA requires Federal Home Visiting Program grantees to report on their program’s performance. The information and resources below aim to assist grantees in:

  • preparing and submitting required performance reports,
  • measuring their program’s performance,
  • providing continuous quality improvement, and
  • evaluating their program.

Six Benchmark Domains

Grantees must collect and report data on program implementation and performance for eligible families participating in the six benchmark areas:

  • improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health;
  • prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment and reductions of emergency room visits;
  • improvements in school readiness and child academic achievement;
  • reductions in crime or domestic violence;
  • improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and
  • improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.

Fiscal Year 2017 Performance Measures

In October 2016, HHS revised performance reporting requirements for Federal Home Visiting grantees.  

The updates aim to simplify, standardize, and strengthen the performance measurement system. To meet these goals, HHS engaged in a year-long process that included Federal Home Visiting grantees, federal partners, home visiting model developers, and other stakeholders to revise the performance measurement system.  

Use the resources below to understand and report on your program’s performance.




Various Resources

Quarterly Performance Reporting

Federal Home Visiting grantees must submit quarterly performance reports (PDF – 319 KB), which serve to assist HRSA in monitoring grants and providing oversight.

The forms include a select number of service utilization and staffing measures, which have the potential to change frequently. We require additional benchmark performance data from grantees that have not demonstrated improvement in four of the six benchmark areas and are currently on an Improvement Plan.

Fiscal Year 2016 and Prior Performance Measures

The Federal Home Visiting Program required that grantees demonstrate measurable improvement in at least four of six benchmark domains. However, grantees still had the flexibility to develop their own performance measures that were meaningful for their specific programs.


Summary Reports

Various Resources

Home Visiting Evaluation

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation (MIHOPE) contract conducts the legislatively-mandated evaluation of the Federal Home Visiting program involving multiple tasks and activities that together provide federal and state policymakers, service providers, and other interested parties with valuable information about the effectiveness of these federally-funded programs in improving outcomes for children and families.

Technical Assistance

Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE)

Strengthen program evaluations, track and report on federal benchmarks, and implement quality improvement systems.


Measurement Brief (PDF - 393 KB)