Online Program

Development of a practice-based research network for home visiting

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Jon Korfmacher, PhD, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL
Anne Duggan, ScD, Department of Population, Family, & Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Kay O'Neill, MSPH, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
This presentation will focus on a practice-based research network for early childhood home visiting. The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC), launched in late 2013, was developed to increase the partnership between early childhood services academic researchers and programs. It carries out multi-site studies with local home visiting programs.  It is not model- or funding-specific, and is open to any program that uses home visiting for expectant families and families of children birth to five years as its primary service strategy. 

HARC focuses on studies with immediate relevance to day-to-day practice.  Member programs choose studies in which they participate and can collaborate in designing studies so that the methods reflect their perspectives and results are most useful for decision-making. Studies range from simple surveys to more complex designs. 

Participating programs fill out a short descriptive survey at enrollment.  Results from this survey will be presented to describe membership (currently consisting of approximately 250 programs, 80 network directors, and 120 researchers). We will also focus on the organization and decision-making process that goes into the development of HARC studies, including how program perspectives are included in the leadership of the network.

The presentation will highlight our studies, including: i) examination of home visitor perspectives on parent engagement; ii) collaborations with family medical homes; iii) service provision to military families; and iv) survey of supervision practices. Findings will be summarized and the methods of disseminating results back to programs in ways that are useful to the program will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describes the development of a practice-based research network for maternal infant and early childhood home visiting programs and demonstrates progress in launching studies focused on home visiting practice.

Keyword(s): Practice-Based Research, Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the chair of the executive council for the home visiting applied research collaborative and a co-investigator of the federally-funded home visiting research network. My research experience and interests are in understanding elements of service delivery in early childhood home visiting, with an emphasis on developing parterships with programs
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.