Evaluation of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program
Principal Investigator - Cynthia Osborne
Sponsor - Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Project Duration - 04/19/2012 – 12/31/2016 (renewed each year through 2016)
Funding Amount - $2,200,000
Texas Home Visiting Program (THVP) Evaluation – Home Visitation programs are a major effort on the part of the federal government to improve child and family outcomes and reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) contracted LBJ faculty and staff to evaluate the development of a comprehensive early childhood system across seven counties in Texas. The goal of the THVP is to offer families with young children access to uninterrupted, comprehensive services through home visiting programming. HHSC is also incorporating three additional interventions into the roll-out of the THVP. The interventions include: 1) engagement of communities in using the Early Development Instrument (EDI), 2) development of a referral, matching, and intake system to improve family access to services under the THVP, and 3) support to promote the engagement of fathers in their child’s growth and development via services provided under the THVP. LBJ faculty and staff will study processes associated with the development of the program and interventions, identify lessons learned, and determine whether the program and each intervention met their objectives and goals of improving child and family outcomes.