Building Infrastructure to Support Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Two-Year Findings from the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting Initiative

This brief prepared for the Children’s Bureau by Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, shows that states are enthusiastic about home visiting and most already had programs operating in their states when the five-year grant began in 2008. Collaborations already existed in many of these states to lay groundwork for bringing or expanding evidence-based approaches to home visiting. Grantees built on these existing collaborations or began new partnerships to implement the grant program, “The Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment Grantee Cluster” (EBHV) which funded 17 grantees in 15 states. During the first two years of the grant, grantees and their partner organizations began building 8 capacities to support and sustain grantee-selected home visiting models: (1) planning, (2) collaboration, (3) operations, (4) workforce development, (5) fiscal support, (6) community and political support, (7) communications, and (8) evaluation.